The World Federation of Trade Unions, which is the militant voice of 92 million members in 126 countries in the 5 continents, expresses its firm solidarity and support to the workers of Tekno Maccaferri factory in Düzce and their union, Birleşik Metal-İş.
The workers went on strike on July 31, after Tekno Maccaferri company denied the demands of workers during collective bargaining discussions. Yesterday 20 workers, who have been on strike for 25 days, gathered in front of the factory and did not allow the trucks enter into the factory.
The Gendarmerie who came to the striking site, detained some workers and took the semi-products and machines out of the factory. After the loading finished, the workers were released. However, the workers and the union representative did not leave the factory doors, and they were taken into custody by the gendarmerie.
According to Birleşik Metal-İş statement, while it is unlawful to take out any semi-products, machines or tools from the factory when there is a strike, they were taken out under the control of the gendarmerie, with the consent of governor’s and general attorney’s office.
As class-oriented trade union movement, we are joining our voice with the struggling workers, and demand the protection of trade union liberties and of the right to strike, as well as the fulfillment of the workers’ just demands.
We stand by the side of the unionists who are determined to continue their struggles and we demand the immediate release of the detained workers!