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Australian trade unions, and Turkish community groups were among those who joined the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) in Sydney today to protest at the savage repression taking place in Istanbul. The Australian action is just one part of a world day of action supported by global union organisations such as the IUF (International Union of Food Workers), ITF and ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation).
The Sydney demonstration took place outside the Turkish consulate in Woollahra.
Similar actions also took place in the UK, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Thailand and Tunisia, among others, while international trade union members have also been showing their support in Taksim Square itself.
ITF president Paddy Crumlin commented: “Erdoğan’s actions are shaming himself, his government and Turkey. Trade unions will be holding up a mirror to his disgrace tomorrow and demanding an end to this repression. In the name of civilisation and decency he must cease these savage attacks. The future of Turkish democracy depends on it.”Read more
The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Association (IUF) and other affiliates will rally outside Sydney’s Turkish consulate to call on the government to put an end to state violence and respect peoples’ rights.
The ITF is calling on all its members to support the ongoing protests in Istanbul’s Taksim Square and throughout Turkey.
"The ITF stands in strong solidarity with our Turkish affiliates taking part in these peaceful rallies and demonstrations in response to the government's heavy-handed actions in cracking down on legitimate protest.” Said ITF President Paddy Crumlin
"Transport workers worldwide believe that building mutual trust based on respecting human rights, including trade union rights, is the only democratic and acceptable way out of this crisis. We call on the government to engage in genuine and constructive dialogue with the protestors. We further call for the trade unionists, journalists and other activists who have been detained or arrested to be released immediately," added Crumlin.Read more
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