‘AKP government taking revenge against railroad workers for Istanbul election victory’

Serkan Alan / DUVAR

95 employees of the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) have been transferred to other parts of the country in a move that labor unions have blasted as ‘revenge’ against the workers by newly government-appointed TCDD management for the victory of opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu in last year’s local elections. 

According to United Trade Union of Transport Employees (BTS) chairman Hasan Bektaş, some officials previously employed by the Istanbul Greater City Municipality (İBB) while it was still under the control of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) were appointed to the TCDD as they did refused to work for the İmamoğlu administration. Bektaş has referred to the transfer of the railroad employees as an ‘exile.’ 

A number of the employees that were transferred are facing difficult scenarios in their new positions in differerent provinces, Bektaş said. 

Hasan Bektaş

“One of our colleagues who was exiled to Diyarbakır is undergoing cancer treatment. Another colleague in Diyarbakır has a disabled wife and child, and it is not possible for them to move. One friend in the Çaycuma district of Zonguldak has a wife who is bedridden and he has to look after her. In addition to this, there are people in Istanbul and Izmir who served successfully for forty years and had never been under investigation but have been exiled,” Bektaş said. 

“When we look at each case, everyone has a sad story. On the other hand, colleagues who have qualified for retirement are being forced into retirement. Some friends do not want to be exiled are thinking of retiring, which is what [the gov’t] wants anyway,” he added. 

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The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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