The executive officers of Tüm Bel-Sen (Union of All Municipality Civil Servants) and Egitim-Sen (Education and Science Workers’ Union) in Izmir, Turkey are being held in custody for the last 6 days. Tüm Bel-Sen (Union of All Municipality Civil Servants) and Egitim-Sen (Education and Science Workers’ Union) are two unions that are members of KESK (Confederation of Public Employees Trade Unions in Turkey).

This is the first and one of the largest confederation of civil servants’ unions and represents the rights of public workers and teachers.

The ruling party AKP (Justice and Development Party), through its use of the State of Emergency (famously abbreviated as “OHAL” in Turkish) has been working on eliminating and purging all opposition institutions and movements for the last two years in Turkey.

The government is increasing its pressure on the unions as well. We request that you help us bring these illegal actions to the attention of the international public and support the struggle of unions against the institutionalization of a one-man regime in Turkey.

We are doing a twitter campaign on Thursday, March 22, 2018 with the hashtag #TurkeyFreeTradeUnionists at the following times:

22:03 pm Turkish time

19:03 pm British time

18:03 pm Germany time

13:03 USA Eastern time

Unionization is a right!

Free Çağdaş Yazıcı, the President of Tüm Bel-Sen Chamber 1, İzmir

Free Recep Temel, Executive Secretary of Tüm Bel-Sen Chamber 1, İzmir

Free İdil Uğurlu, The Women Secretary of Eğitim Sen Chamber 6, İzmir

Free Abdülkerim Akdeniz, member of Egitim-Sen #Turkey

FreeTradeUnionists Tüm Bel-Sen Chamber 1, İzmir

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