Friday, April 23, 2010

[olympiaworkers] Wildcat strike in Diyarbakır ends with victory Apr 22 2010

Wildcat strike of brick workers in Turkey wins pay increase.

Brick workers in several factories in Diyarbakır (the biggest city in
the southeast Kurdish region of Turkey) went on a wildcat strike in a
dispute over wages.

Working for a fixed wage for 4 years (around 350 euros and 16 hours of
work in a day) without any pay rise, workers of the 11 brick factories in
the city went on an unofficial strike on 16 April. It seems that the
strike expanded "spontaeously".
Negotiations between workers' delegates and bosses under the supervision
of jandarme general ended when the bosses proposed a 7.5% wage increase.
The workers threatened to march towards the governorship 19 April if their
demands were not met. Apparently after getting a 28% increase workers went
back to work on April 21.

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