TCDD's privatization response
Transport Joint Stock Company of the Republic of Turkey State Railways (TCDD Transport Inc.) bill providing for the establishment, was submitted to Parliament in March 6. The draft envisages seeing the infrastructure operation part of the railway transportation to the TCDD and the units related to the train operation to TCDD Taşımacılık AŞ. The construction work of the new railroads to be built by the state with the Decree Law No. 655 was considered among the duties of the Directorate General of Investments, whereas it was decided that TCDD could make high-speed train lines. Another important element was the retirement of the retired employees of the 25 - 40 with an extra jackpot. Reducing the number of permanent staff in the institution by increasing retirement and removing the organization in the sector by seeing the works within the TCDD to the subcontractor companies.
Türk-İş Air-Work and KESK United Transport Union issued a press release regarding the privatization of TCDD.
Hava-İş opposes the commercialization of TCDD by restructuring, while TCDD has published a summary of the report prepared by CANAC and IBM companies. The summary of the report, which indicates the reduction of the number of workers and the way in which they are determined, is as follows:
Summary of 1.2 Results and Recommendations Below is the shortest possible summary of the conclusions and recommendations. These are necessary suggestions for the goal of transforming TCDD into a modern and viable railway, which we believe to be accessible. The task is difficult and requires courage. Start purchasing modern railroad computer systems quickly. Reduce the passenger service in the main line. Support the transfer of suburban services to local control. Eliminate deficiencies in General Directorate management, eliminate regions and establish organization on a business unit. Build a freight transport marketing power to evaluate growth opportunities. Determine safety as a true priority of senior management. Autonomous ports and three of the five factories. Increase the capacity of the rail network by developing basic operating applications. Implement a Radio-based Direct Train Control System on signal-free lines. Consolidate train dispatch centers. Conduct a study that also includes computer simulations for lines designated as candidates for the CTC. Close a large number of stations and dispose of the buildings. Review the operation and operating conditions of the diesel engineers and put into practice a new set of operating principles to keep the mechanic in-house. Implement a locomotive replacement program. Implement a freight wagon renewal program. Renew the design of the freight trains and run a için long train tren pilot project. Change the paths at the loading / unloading points to support yür long trains Yük. Re-develop the ADF as the main locomotive workshop. Destroy or otherwise dispose of all unnecessary buildings. Consolidate wagon workshops to the minimum required by traffic flows. Create an efficient fuel and service network. Reconfigure the fleet of accident response and rescue equipment. Reorganize, reconfigure, and reduce road maintenance workforce. Consolidate and centralize control of the fleet of road maintenance equipment. Continue the road renewal program, if possible, speed up. Centralize the freight transport logistics and personnel management units (longer term). Implement new training and retraining programs for management and workers. Then in 4200, credit projects and suggestions prepared by the World Bank come into play. See the conditional loans under the name of the World Bank Adaptable Program Loan on which condition is granted to our country.
The report says the same.
Restructuring of TCDD: TCDD should ideally be restructured to meet the EU requirements and to ensure that it is a financially viable and useful undertaking capable of providing quality services (depending on the role relied on railways mode). A successful restructuring process will also result in a significant reduction in Government Expenditures. Restructuring also requires the separation and privatization of subsidiaries and companies associated with railways and requires the privatization of port operations as well, requiring the redesign of the shape of the workforce and possibly reducing the number of employees. Given the size of the company, it must also be considered that there may be very significant effect on Turkey's labor market of workers removal program.
BTS also emphasized that the main objective of the AKP is to remove the railway from public service and commercialize it, while the second objective of the AKP is privatization. BTS pointed out that the restructuring will invite accidents to third parties in countries where the transportation of railway accidents increased, he said.
Expressing that transportation processes should be approached in a holistic manner, BTS stated that Transportation Master Plan should be prepared.
BTS ended the statement by stating that they would struggle for transport policies for the benefit of the public and that they would take over the workplaces.
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