Turkey's prime minister has called for improved conditions and safety at an Istanbul shipyard where around two dozen workers have died in the past year.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the Tuzla shipyard is the pride of Turkey's booming ship construction industry, but that worker deaths are overshadowing its success.
Erdogan is chairing a meeting with shipyard employers and a dock workers' union Thursday to discuss Tuzla where most of the work is outsourced to smaller companies, accused of employing untrained workers and of applying poor work and safety conditions.
Erdogan said, "related bodies have carried out necessary studies on matters concerning their fields of operation. Many sanctions have been imposed. However, we see that public was not satisfied with the outcome. So, We have convened to discuss the matter in a comprehensive way."
"After diagnosing the problem correctly, we will look for ways of solution. Discussions will undoubtedly facilitate the solution," Erdogan said adding that, "similar problems may be seen anywhere in the world. We should take the appropriate measures and do what it takes."
99 workers have died due to various accidents at Tuzla shipyards since 1992.
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