AKP plans to choke Turkish labor movement

Suleyman Celebi, (CHP), Member of the Turkish Parliament

A bill currently being debated in the parliament plans to end free labor movement in Turkey by imposing several layers of restrictions on the right of association and organization on the work floor.  According to experts, if the law passes as is, it will decertify more than half the existing unions, including the only remaining independent labor union, left-wing DISK.  Former union head and CHP Istanbul MP Suleyman Çelebi co-authored a report detailing the Bill’s shortcomings and the disastrous impact it will have on the labor movement:

Especially after Ministry of Labour’s starting to use data of Social Security Institution in 2009, affect of this case to trade unions appeared more clearly. Many trade unions couldn’t overcome sectoral thresholds. Therefore publication of sectoral statistics was halted.

Because of % 10 sectoral threshold as an output of September 12 law, 52 trade unions which are members of confederations like TÜRK-İŞ, DİSK, HAK-İŞ, were exceeding threshold, today almost all of trade unions except 18 of them are faced with being unauthorized risk by new arrangement.

Therefore solution suggestions create more complicated situation instead of dissolving problem. The main reason of this is decreasing number of sectors to 3 % by an arrangement as Merge of Sectors (it was decreased from 28 to 18 and then it was increased to 21 in subcommittee) without a scientific justification. This threshold actually means bringing 20 % threshold to some sectors according to old system.

Please download the document:

Evaluation and Comments About Draft of Collective Labour Relations Law

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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