Turkish Airlines -THY - fires 150 personnel over slowdown strike.
Turkish Airlines (THY) has fired 150 of its personnel over a partial slowdown that forced the national flag carrier to cancel at least 128 domestic and international flights as of Tuesday 6 p.m., sending shock waves through the thousands of stranded passengers, particularly at İstanbul Atatürk Airport.
The strike began as early as 3 a.m. 29. May following a call from the Turkish Civil Aviation (Hava-İş) union. The union said it asked its members to protest a legislative attempt to remove aviation workers' rights to strike by slowing down the operations at their workplace.
A parliamentary commission recently voted in favor of a draft law to cancel aviation workers' right to strike with the government's support despite opposition from other parties represented in Parliament.
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2nd Jun 2012, 05:52
Toplam or the total of losses to 1/June/2012 is 305. mayority F/A's, 45 ground engineers and one local Captain A340. This is only the beginning, Hava-Is, the union has started an open protest for the approved in parliament law to ban strikes from essential transportation sources, as they dubbed it. "Give me freedom or give me death"!
People in Turkey live in fear, from former high ranking military personnel to journalist being arrested for speaking openly, to a culture that under Islam pretends to be faithful to a bunch of clowns elected by Ankara.
Most THY pilots are military background, a culture that relish in executing mission goals. This airmen served the Airforce, Navy, Army until the miracle of joining THY happened, as their salaries cuadruple overnight. They are not the best material for a strike based on democratic values. The only democracy they know is the one that comes from the stream of water they feel in their ass when they sit in their toilet. Turkey is surrounded by hostile neighbors, the Armenian genocide, the Greeks still claimimg Smyrna and Constantinopla, the Cypriots crying occupation since 1974, the Jews invoking more flotilla killings, the Syrians in exhile being used by the PM to maintain his popularity, Iraq and Iran being manipulated, and so on, makes of this place a chocking breath environment; The fact that THY management is backed by governmental policies to subdue unions in Turkey is unfortunate. I can envision a pilot group paid like bus drivers and maybe facing death penalty should they refuse to work in the future, a model country for totalitarism if not dictatorship. "Humble" foreign drivers as the moderator of the foreign website forum put it, as well as the doomed Turkish pilots, (bunch of pussies)do not deserve the courage and dedication that a small group of flight attendants, and ground engineers in solidarity, brought this company to a standstill for over 48hrs. Imagine if no one moves for 48hrs?? Ankara, THY management and the rest of Turkey would be liberated from all this wrongful policies suppressing the human right to speak. Turkish flying personnel are about to chose, flight with dignity, or work like slaves, unhappy and humiliated. To the courageous colleagues lost on May/29-30, congratulations, may the thruth set you free!:ok::D
The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) has passed a resolution at its executive board meeting decrying an attempt to outlaw the right to take strike action in the aviation industry through a legislative amendment.
The executive board of the ETF, the ITF’s European arm, unanimously passed the resolution at its meeting in Brussels on 31 May. The board noted “that the existing anti-trade union legislation in Turkey already prohibits strikes in a number of transport sectors” and deplored the fact that the recent amendment submitted to the Turkish general assembly by a deputy of the governing political party AKP will have the effect of extending this prohibition and imposing a full-fledged ban on the right to strike in the civil aviation industry.
The board expressed strong support for the Turkish civil aviation union and ITF affiliate Hava-Is, which has announced a new wave of protests to resist this ban, and pledged solidarity with Turkish aviation workers, who are fighting for their fundamental rights. The amendment was rushed through the general assembly last night and is currently awaiting the approval of Turkish president Abdullah Gul. ITF general secretary David Cockroft and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) general secretary, Sharan Burrow, issued a stern letter to the president on 31 May. In it they warned that ITF and ITUC affiliates would be “mobilising to support Hava-Is and its members in their struggle to defend decent working conditions in the aviation industry in Turkey, using all lawful means available to us.“
“We strongly urge you to consider the very negative message that the government of Turkey would be sending to the international community if it implements this ban, and to show leadership and foresight by sending the strike ban amendment back to parliament to avert further escalation of this dispute.”
Send a message of protest through LabourStart (http://www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=1402).
2nd Jun 2012, 19:07
This is one of the best posts I've ever read here or anywere else.
I'm proud to have you as a felow pilot.
I wish the best to the ones fallen on this dignified battle.