Confederation of Public Workers’ Unions, KESK, is convening a workshop on dismissed workers
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Confederation of Public Workers’ Unions, KESK, is convening a workshop on dismissed workers

The Turkish government’s decree to sack more than 100,000 workers will be discussed from the viewpoint of legality, unionization, and international agreements.  A roadmap will be developed to consider the socio-psychological needs of those fired.  The workshop will take place on April 1st and 2nd.

The number of workers, including teachers and college faculty is over 100,000 probably close to 120,000.  However, considering the current investigations, it is safe to assume that the numbers will only grow.

Şaziye Köse, the co-chair of KESK, the Confederation of Public Workers’ Union said the public workers have been experiencing wave after wave of assaults after June 7th including the marshal-law period that came after the July 15th so-called “coup attempt.”  The government has used the bizarre coup attempt, which many experts and international bodies have voiced suspicions of being staged by the government itself, to wretch up the assaults on the people of Turkey.  With the marshal-law declared for the coup attempt, the AKP government now has a free hand to fire all dissidents and replace the vacated positions with government loyalists.

Şaziye Köse also said the public workers, many not even knowing the reason they were dismissed, were under tremendous economic, social and psychological distress.  The government decree cannot be appealed or challenged. Those who are dismissed cannot be employed in the public sector and most face an unending misery under unemployment.

She said, more than 40 expelled public workers had committed suicide.

In promoting the workshop, the KESK speaker said more than 3,131 members of the confederation were among those fired.  Also, 698 members are suspended waiting for their fate in the hands of the regime.

The event scheduled for April 1st and 2nd hosts academicians, judges and foreign visitors like Declan Owens from the ITCU, the Association of World Unions and Patrick Itschart of ETUC, the Association of European Unions.