Birleşik Taşımacılık Employees' Union (BTS), regarding the first export train that will carry export products to China, TCDD Taşımacılık A.Ş. announced that they filed a criminal complaint against their managers.
The statement from BTS is as follows; “The train sent off at Kazlıçeşme Station with the participation of the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure on December 4, 2020 is not a Chinese train. The real Chinese train is the one that passed through Marmaray on December 6th.
The truth is that; On Friday, December 4, 2020, the freight train, which is said to depart for China, traveled approximately 160 km in total and reached Istanbul Maltepe, and all the flags and banners were collected. Halkalıto and from there Çerkezköywas brought back to.
On Friday, December 4, 2020, the public learned that the so-called first export train, which was sent off from Kazlıçeşme station with a ceremony attended by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, was only a ceremonial train.
On the same day, instead of going to China, the freight train, which was sent to China with a ceremony, was sent 160 km back to Tekirdag /Çerkezköyon social media with the hashtag # ÇinTreniNerede.
And it turned out that The train, which was said to be sent to China with a ceremony attended by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure on December 4, was actually not ready. So too ÇerkezköyA ceremony train consisting of 6 wagons to go to China and 18 wagons to Austria and Hungary, loaded by the company that produces white goods, was formed. These wagons are not the wagons going to China and are loading and unloading places because these wagons are connected to the train for the ceremony. ÇerkezköyThe train was forced back from Maltepe to bring it to Turkey.
Moreover, this mise-en-scene train had caused Marmaray transportation to be delayed and delayed in many times hours before the 56-hour curfew began due to the pandemic and in a time period when the number of passengers was the highest.
Upon the emergence of all these facts, TCDD Taşımacılık A.Ş. management has described our union and social media accounts, which posted on social media with the tag # ÇinTreniNerede, as "pre-fictionalized, malicious, treacherous feelings.
TCDD Taşımacılık A.Ş. The management accepted that it harmed the public institution, victimized the citizens and played with public health for the sake of a ceremony, instead of doing the necessary, it made statements and social media posts in a completely opposite manner.
TCDD Taşımacılık A.Ş. management, as the facts revealed, determined our union BTS as a target for itself and launched an intense attack against our union members and managers.
First, TCDD Taşımacılık A.Ş., which initiated irregular and illegal investigations against the executives of our union. management, then our Union Secretary General, machinist İsmail Özdemir and our Legal Secretary, the mechanic, Aziz Mustafa Şimşek, to judicial decisions that were previously considered jurisprudence and to article 4688 of Law No. They cannot be subjected to a different procedure and their duties cannot be dismissed due to their participation in the activities specified in this Law) by taking them from their duties in the trains and wrote a warehouse duty.
We had a meeting with the Deputy General Manager of TCDD Taşımacılık A.Ş. on Friday, December 18, 2020, in order to act as a solution. Despite this well-intentioned approach, TCDD Taşımacılık A.Ş. management, by ignoring the assurance of İsmail Özdemir, the Secretary General of our Union, in Article 3 of Law No. 21.12.2020 (Public employer, workplace union representative, union workplace representative, union province and district representative and union and union branch managers cannot change the workplace unless they clearly and precisely state the reason) and sent him into exile to SIVAS under the name of temporary assignment for 4688 months during this period when the pandemic was most intense.
TCDD Taşımacılık A.Ş. management stubbornly violates the provision of "Public employers cannot discriminate between public officials because they are or are not members of a union" in Article 4688 of Law No. 18, and continues the pressure and mobbing our union applies to BTS members.
Our union members and employees have been working hard and sweating for years in order to turn the wheel on the railways and increase the freight and passenger transportation. Increased transportation, rail transportation to China, first of all, please us, the railway workers. Our point of view is clear: we want and support the increase in freight and passenger transport as an organization of workers.
However, no one should expect us to remain silent about the practices that shake the seriousness of our institutions and cause public harm, and to tell the facts to the public. Especially, no one should think that they will silence us by repression, exile and crime!
BTS concluded their statement as follows:
Our union, which took the ceremony train on December 04, 2020 to 320 kilometers in vain in total, passed Marmaray twice, caused the cancellation of 2 Marmaray trains and delayed many of them, endangered the health of the people of Istanbul under pandemic conditions, and caused public harm and the public suffering. TCDD Taşımacılık A.Ş., which has taken actions against the judicial decisions and the law numbered 9 and exiled the employees. today we filed a criminal complaint to the Public Prosecutor's Office.
TCDD Taşımacılık A.Ş. management; We invite our union's Secretary General İsmail Özdemir to revoke the decision of exile, put an end to the pressure on our union members and executives, and act in a sane and benign manner in accordance with laws and regulations. "