Union support for DHL workers in Turkey mounts


More than 200 First Union members at New Zealand’s DHL Express downed tools for an hour on 6 November in the last of a series of solidarity meetings in support of 20 DHL employees in Turkey. They are fighting to win their jobs back after they were sacked following an organising drive by the ITF-affiliated union Türkiye Motorlu Tasit Isçileri Sendikasi (TÜMTIS).

Taking place over four different sites, First Union members also signed a petition demanding that DHL recognise TÜMTIS and reinstate the sacked workers. The petition, containing more than 100 signatures, is being sent to the company’s headquarters. Union organiser Jared Abbott said that members were happy to help put pressure on the company to help their colleagues in Turkey.

Other unions’ solidarity actions include online and social media activities such as posting Facebook messages and Twitter posts and the creation of a “poster of solidarity” by the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) in Australia. Meanwhile the National Union of Workers, also in Australia, which represents over 500 DHL workers across more than 20 sites across the country, pledged its support at a union conference in Victoria.

In Germany, some thousand Verdi members in Leipzig sent a letter of solidarity to the union. A delegation from the union also visited the DHL workers in Turkey last week.

For more information and details of how to get involved, visit: http://www.itfglobal.org/campaigns/respectatDHLturkey.cfm

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