Message of solidarity to the 130,000 metal workers in the collective bargaining struggle in Turkey

Dear colleagues, you have been courageously fighting for your legitimate tariff demands for over 2 weeks. In many cities you stressed your demands with demonstrations and warning strikes to the public. The employers' association MESS has threatened you with lockout in case of a strike. This is a provocation that must not be accepted. For 5 February you are preparing strikes in many factories up to a general strike.

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Do not be intimidated and oppressed. Much power and success in the full implementation of your demands! You have our international solidarity and support!


From 19 to 23 February the 2nd International Automotive Workers' Conference will take place in Vereeniging in South Africa. There we will make your struggle an issue.

We cordially invite you to this conference. We would be pleased if you could participate with a representation from Turkey.


Let's strengthen the international workers and trade union unity!

Long live international solidarity!



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