Show your support for sacked Turkish DHL workers
9th August 2012
Turkish workers have appealed to the international
labour movement for support in their bid to win trade union rights
at multinational logistics firm DHL.
The country's Motor Vehicle and Transport Workers Union, has
been organising across the company's Turkish operations, in a
campaign that has won an increasing number of recruits among the
But the success of the union has led to rising hostility from management at DHL Turkey, who stand accused of victimising employees for joining up - 24 new recruits having been sacked over the past year on the flimsiest of pretexts.
International trade union federation ITF spokesman Ingo Marowsky said: "We've had reports of management telling workers they must resign their membership OR lose their jobs.
"Sacked workers are currently protesting outside the
warehouses in an act of resistance and the ITF is working with the
Motor Vehicle and Transport Workers Union to coordinate action in
support of them," he added.
"Please be on alert and ready to support our sisters and
brothers in Turkey to end this oppression."
CWU head of international affairs John Baldwin said: "The CWU stands in solidarity with our Turkish fellow workers, who have been sacked for exercising their fundamental human right to organise a union in their workplace.
"Here in the UK, the CWU is joining with other trade unionists in protesting direct to DHL at this unacceptable situation and we're also giving our full support to the efforts of the ITF/UNI in alerting trade unionists in all countries to the behavior of this multinational company.
"Please show your support by sending a message of protest
direct to DHL Turkey by clicking here,"