The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and its affiliates are firmly backing Turkey’s TÜMTIS union in its struggle for union recognition at DHL – please mark the 12/12/12 in your calendars and start planning for lawful and visible solida …

Walton Pantland

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and its affiliates are firmly backing Turkey’s TÜMTIS union in its struggle for union recognition at DHL – please mark the 12/12/12 in your calendars and start planning for lawful and visible solidarity action.

ITF road transport affiliate TÜMTIS began an organising drive over a year ago. This drive triggered worker dismissals that commenced in April 2011. To date over 22 workers have been fired. For more information see this leaflet.

Unions around the world have made their solidarity felt, including by sending much-appreciated trade union delegations and messages of support to the TÜMTIS picket lines. At a recent conference in Toronto, ITF road and rail unions unanimously adopted a motion “Unfair Dismissal of DHL Turkey employees” condemning DP-DHL’s failure to adhere to global labour conventions and their corporate responsibility policies. The delegates also agreed to call on all ITF affiliates and campaign supporters to mobilise and organise lawful and visible solidarity actions.

What you can do

  • Mark the 12/12/12 in your calendars and start planning
  • On 5/12 please send a card to DHL customers. You will find the confidential list of customers on the campaign page when it is released.
  • Visit the 12/12/12 page for downloadable materials and more >>
  • Let us know what you have planned and designate a contact person >>

Winning this campaign is not only critical for DHL workers and their unions in Turkey but also for workers and their unions around the world; if DHL succeeds it sends a clear message to other multinationals that they too can violate workers’ rights. It will also prove that workers’ rights will always be defended in Turkey, where unions are under frequent attack – as shown by the arrest of KESK staff and the ongoing struggle by Hava-Is for the reinstatement of 305 sacked Turkish Airlines workers.

We ask that you stay alert and demonstrate your solidarity and the call for Respect at DHL on 12/12/12.

www.respectatDHLturkey.org

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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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