Turkey

"Workers supplying Olympic sponsor have union crushed" - Independent

Asalettin Arslanoglu, organising manager of the Textile, Knitting and Clothing Workers' Union of Turkey (Teksif), did a UK tour with Labour Behind the Label recently. News about the tour has been picked up in an article in the Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/workers-supplying-olympic...

Killer Jeans: Turkish garment worker speaks out against sweatshops, Thursday 29 September, London

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Public meeting, Thursday 29 September, Room 7.05, Connaught House, LSE, Aldwych, London, 7-8pm: hear Yesim Yasin - a doctor who has been working with the workers' affected by sandblasting, and Abdulhalim Demir - an ex-worker in a Turkish factory - speak about the problems they face, how they are fighting big brands, and how you can help.

D&G Killer Jeans Demo, Saturday 1 October, London

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Demonstration Saturday 1 October, 10am-1pm, outside Dolce & Gabbana, 6-8 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4PH. Against sand-blasting jeans technique, which is causing respiratory disease in workers.

Students and Workers unite in Turkey to defend their rights

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ANKARA: Police fired water cannons and tear gas to force back thousands of workers and students trying to march on parliament to protest draft labour laws

H&M & Levis workers contracting silicosis in Turkish sweatshop

Last Thursday, French TV broadcast a documentary about the dreadful situation of Turkish factory and sweatshop workers employed sandblasting designer jeans (Levis, H & M among others).

Watch a video about the case here or at VJ Movement

Read on for a translation from the French summary of the show:

Victory for Workers in Turkey: DESA and Deri Is Union Sign Protocol

From the Clean Clothes Campaign:

The Clean Clothes Campaign is delighted to announce the closure of a year-long campaign against the DESA leather factory in Turkey following a protocol agreement signed by DESA and the Deri Is union. We hope that this protocol will mark the beginning of a constructive relationship between the two parties and will ensure good management of the DESA factory and improved conditions and rights for workers.

Call on retail chains to act agains union busting at Turkish supplier

While a serious case of union-busting at a Turkish supplier factory is happening right under their noses, retail giants IKEA, Wal-Mart and Carrefour choose to stand by idly. Smaller household retail chains such as Otto, Kohl’s, Ibena, Target and Kohl's as well as the German textile traders Horizonte are equally condoning the basic labour right violation against hundreds of workers at their supplier. In addition, working conditions in the factory are unacceptably dangerous.

Luxury Brands Fail to Act on Union Repression in Turkey

From Clean Clothes Campaign

Think it’s fair for a woman to be fired just because she joined a union? If not, then buyers at the DESA factory in Turkey – including Prada, Debenhams, M&S, Mulberry, Aspinalls of London, Nicole Fahri and Luella – need to hear from you today!

Take action now at: http://www.cleanclothes.org/luxury-brands-drag-their-feet

Report on Monitoring and Compliance in Turkish Garment Supply Chain

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The final report of the JO-IN project, entitled "CODES AND COMPLIANCE UNDER SCRUTINY" was posted on the Jo-In website last month, in Turkish and English. The report was finalized in the summer of 2008, but before posting it publicly key stakeholders were given the opportunity to provide feedback. Those inputs are also on the website, please go to: http://www.jo-in.org/english/report.html

Prada: The Real Price of Luxury?

A worker from a Turkish factory that supplies Prada and other luxury brands is touring Europe this week to share her story of union repression and exploitation.

The Devil Union-busts for Prada

Take action to support Turkish leatehr workers producing for Prada, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and others.

Euro 2008 Supplier gets Red Card for Workers Rights

Demand the reinstatement of the workers of Mink Tekstil and the right of freedom of association! Take action now at: http://www.cleanclothes.org/urgent/08-06-26.html#action

Support Turkish Garment Workers

When garment workers at the Dutch and Turkish-owned Metraco factory in Istanbul began to organize in February 2006, management responded with an anti-union campaign that is still underway. Your help is needed to pressure Metraco’s owners to reinstate workers unjustly dismissed for their organizing efforts, stop the anti-union campaign, and to recognize and negotiate with the Disk-Tekstil union about the problems in this workplace, which produces for a range of European brands.

Take action now at: http://www.cleanclothes.org/urgent/07-07-03.htm#action

Union Victory in Turkish Garment Factory

Find below the good news from the union Teksif in the Paxar casein Turkey. On February 26th 2007 Teksif and Paxar Turkey signed a collective contract and protocol, including pay rises and official recognition for their union. Also the issue of the
dismissed workers has been dealt with. Thank you to all who sent emails or got involved in supporting the case.

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