Turkish Minister warns Tekel workers against provocations

Tekel workers who have been on a hunger strike, gave a break and decided to wait for the government's offer.

Turkish Minister warns Tekel workers against provocations

Turkish Labor & Social Security Minister Omer Dincer said that workers would use their democratic rights and go on one one-day strike on Thursday.

Speaking to A.A on Wednesday about one-day nation wide strike to be held by workers, Dincer expressed belief that the workers would hold their strike within scope of the legal system and by not violating others' rights.

Turkey's major confederation of labor and civil servant unions are going on a one-day nation wide strike on February 4 to extend support to Tekel (tobacco and alcoholic beverages monopoly) workers in protest of the government.

The negotiations between, Turk-Is, Turkey's largest federation of labor unions --representing the Tekel workers-- and the government have failed, when Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan's offer failed to satisfy Turk-Is.

After the break up of negotiations, Turkey's major confederation of labor and civil servant unions, Turk-Is Hak-Is, DISK, Memur-Sen, Turkiye, Kamu-Sen and KESK, got together on Tuesday and decided to go on a one-day nation wide strike to warn the government.

Dincer said that Turkey was a democratic law state, and each part of the society had the right to express their demands, and thus, the workers wanted to use this right.

Dincer noted that the workers should act with common sense and they should not be agitated by provocations during the strike.

Workers from the privatized Tekel factories have been struggling for 50 days at a sit-down strike in Ankara to secure a transfer to other public institutions along with their employee rights and called for a general strike at a recent mass rally in Ankara.

Last week, following a meeting with Turk-Is Chairman Mustafa Kumlu, Premier Erdogan ordered two of his ministers to work on the issue and come up with a solution to the situation.

Tekel workers who have been on a hunger strike, gave a break and decided to wait for the government's offer.

Kumlu said Turk-Is wanted the government to reemploy Turk-Is workers at other public institutions, noting that negotiations broke down due to a disagreement over how the workers would be reemployed.

The government offered to reemploy Tekel workers under 4-C contract, which means a partial loss of rights for the workers, the initial cause of the protests. However, the government promised to ameliorate the conditions of the contract with the new offer.

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