24 Aralık 2011, Cumartesi

Turkish road union TÜMTİS signs historic UPS agreement

On 21 December the ITF's Turkish road transport affiliate TÜMTİS signed its first collective bargaining agreement with UPS, the multinational logistics company.

On 21 December the ITF's Turkish road transport affiliate TÜMTİS signed its first collective bargaining agreement with UPS, the multinational logistics company. The agreement is nationwide, is to cover over 3,200 members and is retroactive to August 2011 when TÜMTİS-UPS negotiations began.

The contract provides job security for workers, regulates UPS' use of subcontracting, and makes 187 subcontracted workers into direct UPS employees. Provisions on social benefits and bonuses give a 50% rise in workers' food allowance, education stipends for families' educations, and assistance for marriages, maternity periods, and deaths in families. With wage increase and monthly bonus provisions, workers renumerations will increase between 30-50% in the next year. The agreement was signed with 99% of the workers' approval.

This agreement follows a hard-won dispute and is a historic victory for TÜMTİS as well as Turkey's labour movement. Kenan Öztürk, TÜMTİS' General President said, "this is a victory for the global working class and a tribute to the strength of international solidarity. We thank ITF and ETF for their support in the form of donations to the workers' hardship fund, visits to the picket line, and worldwide mobilisation. In addition, key ITF affiliates played a major role and their efforts paved the way to this victory, and to them we also give our deepest thanks."

İstanbul- EmekDunyasi.Net / İTF Global