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Turkish Airlines Chairman Hamdi Topçu says the national flag carrier will not re-hire 305 sacked workers
without a court decision. However, Labor Minister Faruk Çelik says he will meet with Topçu in a bid to resolve
the issue. Employees were laid off after a labor action against a new law that bans aviation strikes
A group of members of Hava-İş union are seen during a protest in front of a main Turkish Airlines facility in Istanbul. DHA photo
Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier of Turkey would not re-hire 305 employees fired earlier this month because of their participation in a so-called walkout with only a court order capable of changing their attitude, Hamdi Topçu, the airlines chairman has said, adding that those who participated in a labor action at Atatürk
Airport were marked by surveillance cameras.
“Turkish Airlines is a private company with its 51 percent of its stakes publicly traded. The laid-off people can only return to their jobs on a judicial ruling,” daily Hürriyet quoted him as saying yesterday.Minister seeks resolution
However, Labor Minister Faruk Çelik told journalist
yesterday that he would meet with Topçu today to discuss the condition of the sacked workers. “Our aim is to act as a sound mediator and settle the matter,” he said in Ankara
yesterday, adding that the issue was also discussed at the International Labor Organization meeting in earlier this month in Geneva.
Hava-İş members conducted a slowdown strike May 29, protesting a draft law banning strikes and lockouts in the aviation industry. But the draft was approved by the parliament and the law went into effect on June 3. Topçu said he took the issue of re-hiring sacked workers to the board because the president of the trade union [Hava-İş] had insisted to him that although Topçu. No member of the board voted to revoke the lay-off decision, he added.
“We have high definition images. Ones who joined the walk out, inhibited those who wanted to work are all identified with surveillance camera images clearly,” he said.
Operator’s plane denied landing clearance
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The private jet of Hamdi Akın, the chairman of TAV Airports, which operates Istanbul’s Atatürk
Airport, could not receive landing clearance on June 17 night due to air traffic density at the airport.
Akın’s jet later landed to Sabiha Gökçen, the second airport in the city.
Atatürk International Airport broke its all time record for air traffic; one plane either departed from or arrived at the airport every 75 seconds. The airport also ranked first in Europe
for the month of April, with the number of flights and passengers up 19.8 percent when compared to the same period in 2011.