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KHRP Publishes Briefing Paper on Freedom of Association and Trade Union Rights in Turkey
KHRP is pleased to announce the publication of its latest briefing paper, Freedom of Association and Labour Rights Under Threat: The Situation of Trade Unions in Turkey.

The evidence suggests that the Turkish state is yet to recognise the valuable role that trade unions have to play as necessary social partners within the democratic system. Several pieces of Turkish legislation remain at odds with its commitments to respect trade union rights under various international agreements. In practice, too, the Turkish authorities continue to violate the rights of employees – particularly those working in the public sector – to associate freely, to bargain collectively and to go on strike. The situation is particularly bad in the Kurdish regions of south-east Turkey, where violations of trade union rights are exacerbated by a de facto state of emergency, restrictions on expressions of Kurdish culture, and factors such as poverty, discrimination and displacement.

The briefing paper can be downloaded free of charge from the KHRP website here.

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