The World Federation of Trade Unions representing more than 90 million organized workers in 126 countries expresses its deep sorrow to the Turkish people and the families of the road traffic victims; we believe that it is not an accident, but a crime.
The fifteen new victims, (13 women and a child) were trying to reach the fields, where they work gathering vine leaves for 0,5 € (1,5 Turkish Lira) per kilo, most of the workers on the vine fields are women and children.
We consider unacceptable the fact that in the 21st century women and children are obligated to work, especially in such conditions, and without protection measures. Only in 2015, 28 people, most of them women, have lost their lives.
Once again WFTU expresses its solidarity to the Turkish working class; they are not the only victims of the lack of protection measures, of the capitalist exploitation. Workers lose their lives every day in Turkey and around the world. There is only one way to solve this: we add our voice to those continuing the class oriented struggle against the exploitation of man by man, for development based on the needs of those that produce the wealth.