In Karabük organized industrial zone in Turkey, workers of the Umer Haddecilik firm went on a protest on February 20 after being fired for union membership. The workers have been on a strike for 36 days, resisting the oppression of their former employers.
The workers fired for getting organised in United Metal Works Union (BMİS) started a protest on the roof of the firm following a strike of 36 days.
The statement by the United Metal Works union said that the workers started their protest to raise their voice. As the workers stated that they are willing to burn themselves to death, the gendarme prepared for intervention and ambulances appeared on the scene.
Adnan Serdaroğlu, the chairperson of the United Metal Works union informed Kemal Çeber, the governor of Karabük province, of the ongoing strike of the workers. Serdaroğlu also talked to the representatives of political parties regarding the strike.
The workers became a member of the United Metal Works union as part of their constitutional right, and the union filed an application for getting an authorisation in a collective agreement on December 8, 2017. A lockout followed the authorisation granted to the union, and the workers were fired 36 days ago.