Almost all TK cabin crew have gone on strike because TK management have been lobbying politicians to pass a bill that makes it illegal for employees in the airline industry to go on strike. TK's website is also down.
bahadir From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1727 posts, RR: 12 Reply 2, posted (11 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3596 times:
For lack of a better word, this is not a strike, but it's a sick out.. Right now, there is about 200 people that have been fired with text messages to their phones (source turkish media)
I love it how the government is trying to take away bargaining and strike rights of workers with a super fast bill introduced to the general assembly but they haven't passed a bill for more than a decade to define the workers rights in aviation.
I have the full support for my brothers and sisters in TK.
Turkish350XWB From Switzerland, joined Jan 2009, 429 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2685 times:
Can they fire them legally?? OK, the strike must be legal and coordinated with the employee's union to avoid wild strikes. But if they are "ill", i guess management cannot proove that they were on strike.
They cant. If the fired employee files a lawsuit he/she will get indemnified and will have a right to be placed back to his/her job. At this point people usually get additional indemnification and chose not to go back to their jobs. Happens all the time, Turkish labor law is strong from this aspect.
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AirCanada787 From Canada, joined Nov 2010, 260 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (11 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1605 times:
Does anyone have any idea about how long this could go on for? I know its hard to tell for sure I just have a friend flying with them in a few days from Doha who is wondering if they should (or even can) change their ticket.
[Edited 2012-05-30 20:26:29]
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TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4104 posts, RR: 13 Reply 12, posted (11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1197 times:
It gets interesting, TK to sue the 305 fired employees for 2M TL for damages according to Milliyet daily newspaper.
TK not only firing them but humiliating them with firing via text messages and now a lawsuit.
Whatever the case, TK is not gaining from this.
Turkish350XWB From Switzerland, joined Jan 2009, 429 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (11 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1162 times:
Maybe supreme court will reject this bill as it is against the constitutional right of strike. This is unbelievable.
I hope responsible management will have to bear the consequences. But i don't think so. TK is ruled like the private company of the current government... Let's not forget the government placed the current management there without them having any experience in aviation industry. Running such a company is not comparable to IETT. And firing this employees is either stupid or a power game. Or a welcome chance of getting rid of some "annoying" staff.
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 22026 posts, RR: 51 Reply 14, posted (11 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1143 times:
Outlawing strikes is hardly a new thing. Lots of countries have regulations that do not allow for strikes or lockouts in various industries including aviation – now Turkey has done the same.
Instead nations adopt various forms of back to work legislation that while declaring formal strike actions illegal alternately provide means for things like binding arbitration instead. There are benefits to this, including for the workers, as things like company lockouts also become illegal. Goal is to keep parties talking, or provide for alternate means for settlement that having the either the company or the employees force their views via a lockout or strike.
Anyhow for the TK employees that decided to walk off from work this week, they should indeed be treated harsly.
Such wildcat actions cannot be tolerated, and either the individuals needs to be punished, or of this was formally organized event then their union Hava-Is should bear responsibility for condoning such actions.
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