According to the ITF, TÜMTİS’ victory represents a positive pointer to the future for all global delivery company workers who may be struggling for union recognition and good contracts; the ITF is working to help union
Nearly 3,000 workers at a Turkish UPS subsidiary have won the right to be represented by a Turkish International Transport Worker's Federation (ITF) affiliate following more than a year of bitter struggle.
According to an ITF report, workers at the company are entitled to be represented collectively by Türkiye Motorlu Tasit Isçileri Sendikasi (TÜMTIS) after Turkey’s ministry of labor and social security certified the union as the workers’ representative.
The victory comes 15 months after 163 workers who had registered to join the union or were members of it were dismissed by the company; they subsequently won the right to reinstatement and compensation.
Kenan Öztürk, TÜMTİS’ general president, commented, “This achievement is not only ours. It is the result of the collaboration of many trade unions under the umbrella of the global delivery network of the ITF, and especially the Teamsters union in America, which represents hundreds of thousands of UPS workers in the company’s home country. The European Transport Workers’ Federation and its affiliates also played an integral role in this victory.”
The success follows a concerted campaign by UPS workers and their union to improve job conditions at global delivery companies operating in Turkey.
As Öztürk added, “We will now continue toward negotiating a strong collective agreement for UPS workers and we will continue to apply our organizational efforts at MNG-Fed Ex, DHL, and TNT in Turkey.”(WCxKit)
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