As İstanbul’s Atatürk Airport will lose its current function after the new airport starts functioning, it is stated that all the workers will be dismissed. According to the information sent to the Communist Party of Turkey’s (TKP) solidarity, communication and struggle network against the crisis and its profiteers named “We will breathe down bosses’ neck”, the French-owned company TAV Airports has put an end to the existing human resources management and commissioned a new structure for it.
More than 15,000 people work within TAV's operations in all airports.
The third airport was officially launched on October 29, Turkey's Republic Day, with the attendance of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who declared the name of the new airport as "İstanbul Airport".
It is considered that the plan is to transfer a specialized and experienced staff pool to İstanbul Airport consortium İGA, the construction company in charge of the third airport project, in order to employ the dismissed workers with minimum wages under the circumstances of heavy economic crisis.
Another danger for the employees in this situation is that the employers will probably avoid paying the additional compensations of the workers, such as seniority, premium, which are arranged by contracts in various ways.
The TAV administration sent a notice to soL News portal, stating that the allegations did not reflect the truth. The company also said that they were sharing the processes carried out transparently with all their stakeholders, alleging that it would be impossible for such an institutional corporation as TAV to usurp the rights of its employees.
“TAV is among the most desirable companies to work for in Turkey and our employees are our intellectual capital, they are our most important capital, in other words,” the company stated.
The first step in TAV's growth in airport operations, which was the partnership of Tepe Holding and Akfen group, had been the operation of Atatürk Airport. These two groups have gained plenty of profits during their 20-years of operation, enabling them to purchase other airport operations as well.