Strike Started in İZBAN ... Scab with Retired Machinists

strike strikes with retired mechanics 2
strike strikes with retired mechanics 2

342 workers started to strike this morning in İzmir's urban suburban system İZBAN, using their constitutional rights. The İZBAN management, on the other hand, continued its flights between Çiğli and the Airport with seven retired machinists working as a 'strike breaker'.

342 workers, members of Demiryol İş Union, started striking this morning in IZBAN, the city-based suburban system of Izmir. In Izmir, where life on the rails stopped, İZBAN administration applied for “striking” defined as a crime in the law. The employer of İZBAN made a train journey between Çiğli-Airport in seven minutes with seven mechanics who were not members of the union and received the highest wages.


Ahmet Güler, representative of İZBAN, stated that this initiative of İZBAN was a striking breakdown and said, rev We use our right to strike, which is our constitutional right, and our power from production. İZBAN, last night to create a negative perception about us in the public before the number of inflated and dressed numbers 65 raise their lie said. This morning he struck his strikes. Strike break is a crime. İZBAN commits this crime ”.

İZBAN management declared its “strike breaker” with the following announcement:

“İZBAN organizes flights during peak hours in order to reduce the suffering caused by the strike. The flights, which start as a limited capacity every 24 minutes between Çiğli and Adnan Menderes Airport, which are the regions with the highest number of passengers, are realized with machinists outside the scope of the strike. The flights are between 06:30 and 11:00, 16:00 and 22:00. ”


Hüseyin Eryüz, the Head of the Izmir Branch of the Railway Company, made a press statement in front of the Alsancak station.

Eryüz stated that the management of İZBAN did not even offer a hike to protect the worker from inflation and said:

Izban worker 1 has not received a pay raise since January 2018. The last 1 annual inflation was 21.62, while the 11 month-on-month inflation was 20.80 for January. Approximately 21 and 2018 offer the cumulative hike proposition offered by our employer until the end of December; Today, the next seven-month inflation rate should be the first place in order to protect our prices against inflation only. We do not think that there will be anyone who believes that the 7-month-old inflation will be 20.80.

Apart from that, as you all know, the minimum wage hike in our country is the least inflation rate is spoken.

We would like to be informed by all the public that we will not be willing to work with wages of 30 TL UM 35 TL which will not be enough to feed our members even if the inflation expectations of the leading economic experts of our country exceeds 1.850 and the credit interest is based on 2.500. We cannot accept this offer. Our union will not hesitate to do whatever it takes to protect and improve the rights of its members, as it has done until now.

We want everyone to be aware of the fact that during the strike, which is our legal right to receive a wage, our friends will not be paid, the strike is in a sense unemployment and we are forced to strike by our employer who offers no wages under the hunger limit. We are not a union that likes to strike as the Railroad Work Union. We had to strike three times despite the many difficulties we experienced in our history close to the 70 year. The employees of İZBAN are striking to pay their wages. No one can afford to live without unemployment, without wage.

In this context, we have started to implement the strike decision, which we have taken in accordance with our legal and social responsibilities, as of today.


Communist Party of Turkey (TKP), Izmir Province Organization within the first hours of the morning, as well as to support the struggle of the workers and İZBAN management to prevent misperceptions attempt to create public has distributed leaflets in İZBAN station.

The statement titled “Izmir people should stand by the right struggle of the İZBAN worker”:


Alsancak, Halkapinar, BayraklıSupporting İZBAN workers at the Çiğli, Şirinyer stations, TKP members explained why the workers had to go on strike.

Source : is

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