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Turkish Airlines Employees On Strike

Tue May 29, 2012 11:38 am

Although this was posted in Turkish Aviation May 2012, I think it deserves its own thread.

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.

The only English article I could find for the time being:
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/tur...pageID=238&nid=21841&NewsCatID=347
 
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RE: Turkish Airlines Employees On Strike

Tue May 29, 2012 2:17 pm

Some news agencies report that TK fired those 100-150 employees, because they were on strike. How true is that?
 
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RE: Turkish Airlines Employees On Strike

Tue May 29, 2012 3:01 pm

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.
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RE: Turkish Airlines Employees On Strike

Tue May 29, 2012 4:14 pm

Ouch thats not good especially given the size of traffic they handle . Hope its sorted out , the busy tourist season has started.

More links here :

Turkish Airlines flights hit as staff report ill

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Airlines had to cancel flights on Tuesday, after being hit by staff reporting ill in a protest at a draft law which would make it illegal for aviation workers to strike.

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSLNE84S02G20120529?irpc=932

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[Edited 2012-05-29 09:22:33]
 
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RE: Turkish Airlines Employees On Strike

Tue May 29, 2012 9:39 pm

Honestly, I think the employees are just fighting for their rights. It's wrong of TK to fire them over this. Couldn't this hurt morale of the remaining employees? What are they thinking?
 
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RE: Turkish Airlines Employees On Strike

Wed May 30, 2012 6:26 am

I guess they need to get some red X stickers to put over the faces of fired employees on the special livery 737.
 
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RE: Turkish Airlines Employees On Strike

Wed May 30, 2012 9:30 am

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.
 
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RE: Turkish Airlines Employees On Strike

Wed May 30, 2012 8:54 pm

Quoting Turkish350XWB (Reply 6):
Can they fire them legally

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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RE: Turkish Airlines Employees On Strike

Thu May 31, 2012 3:04 am

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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RE: Turkish Airlines Employees On Strike

Thu May 31, 2012 3:09 am

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-0...strikes-anatolia-news-reports.html

Well it seems like government has passed the bill making this strike illegal.
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RE: Turkish Airlines Employees On Strike

Thu May 31, 2012 9:41 am

Quoting AirCanada787 (Reply 8):
Does anyone have any idea about how long this could go on for?

According to some posts over at FlyerTalk things are running pretty close to normal right now with only a few cancelled flights yesterday.

Quoting Boeing773ER (Reply 9):
it seems like government has passed the bill

This sets a bad precedent for all workers in Turkey, IMO.
 
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RE: Turkish Airlines Employees On Strike

Thu May 31, 2012 1:19 pm

So far 260 TK and 45 TK technic employees are fired, 230+ of flights are cancelled, TK's loss at around 2M financially.
 
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RE: Turkish Airlines Employees On Strike

Thu May 31, 2012 3:30 pm

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.
 
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RE: Turkish Airlines Employees On Strike

Thu May 31, 2012 3:58 pm

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.
 
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RE: Turkish Airlines Employees On Strike

Thu May 31, 2012 4:13 pm

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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