Seven workers at the TARIS Factory in Izmir (Turkey), which produces olives and olive oil, were dismissed from their jobs for joining the trade union. When their colleagues protested the dismissal of the seven workers outside the factory, the factory owner called the riot police and 65 workers were arrested.
Following solidarity campaigns and pressure, the workers were released from custody; however the seven workers have not been reinstated. Despite trade union rights being a constitutional right in Turkey, workers are being dismissed for exercising this basic right.
The dismissal of the seven workers is illegal, however the factory owner committing this illegality is supported by a state which sent its own forces and attacked workers seeking to protect their rights.
The workers need our solidarity. We, the progressive forces and trade unions in the UK, call on the rights of the TARIS workers to be respected and for those who have been dismissed from their jobs to be reinstated.
TARIS workers are not alone.
SPOT (Solidarity with the people of Turkey)
Left Unity is active in movements and campaigns across the left, working to create an alternative to the main political parties.
Events and protests from around the movement, and local Left Unity meetings.
Sat 27 April, 10.30
Day of Action against far right party First Britain – Waltham Abbey
The far right party First Britain is standing in local elections in Waltham Abbey, Essex. Stand Up To Racism has organised this action.
More info at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 11 May, 12.00-16.00
Exist! Resist! Return! National Demo for Palestine
Assemble 12 noon at Portland Place and march to Whitehall.
Sat 29 June, 11.00-18.00
Left Unity National Conference
Left Unity’s annual conference will take place in Liverpool this year.
Sign up to the Left Unity email newsletter.
Get the latest Left Unity resources.