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A Turkish Airlines employee bursts into tears during yesterday’s negotiations. DHA photo

A Turkish Airlines employee bursts into tears during yesterday’s negotiations. DHA photo

Turkish Airlines will not rehire the 305 workers who were laid off after participating in labor action to protest a draft legislation banning strikes and lockouts in the aviation industry late last month, the carrier’s chairman said yesterday.

“[The layoffs] were the hardest decision of my life,” said Turkish Airlines Chairman Hamdi Topçu at a meeting with economy reporters from several newspapers.

“But I had to apply the rules. The ordinance [regarding lay-offs] is still in effect. But I promised the president of the trade union [Hava-İş] to discuss it once again at the board of management,” he said according to daily Radikal, adding that he would call the board for a meeting in a few days’ time.

Hava-İş members conducted a slowdown strike May 29, resulting in the cancelation of 223 flights and a loss of about $2 million, according to Topçu.

The draft law banning strikes and lockouts in the aviation industry went into effect after it was announced on June 3 in the Official Gazette following President Abdullah Gül’s approval.

The move came amid a collective agreement dispute that has been lingering for months. The dispute is now on the agenda of the High Board of Arbitration, Radikal reported.

Topçu also said Turkish Airlines paid its cabin staff more than Germany’s Lufthansa.

The flagship carrier creates $8.5 billion of the Turkish aviation industry’s total $12.5 billion in annual turnover, officials said.

Meanwhile, Turkish Airlines has begun pursuing the parties responsible for hacking the company’s website on the day of the slowdown strike, according to Doğan news agency. The cyber attack was conducted from abroad, according to the company, which has now taken action to expand the case to an international level.

June/08/2012

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6/16/2012 7:34:29 PM

Faruk. Give the AKP time, they will probably be incorporated in the Sledgehammer prosecutions. I could understand laws against some organisations not striking. police, army, navy and air force spring to mind. THL is a commercial enterprise and must be subject to the same commercial rules as other commercial organisations. Would Pegasus airline staff be treated in the same way or any government body? It appears a little dictatorial. As for not re-hiring the 305 staff. That is absolutely pathetic.

VMT Ankara

6/12/2012 11:16:11 PM

I am a big fan of THY and it is my preferred airlines whenever flying domestically or overseas. However, the decision not to rehire the 305 THY employees is absurd and I strongly feel that a massive boycott of THY is definitely in order. This reminds me of when America became a dictatorship under former President Ronald Reagan when he basically did the same thing that THY is doing by firing the air traffic controllers who were on strike. Viva Carl Marx, Viva Lenin, Viva Fidel Castro!!

Faruk Beisser

6/8/2012 11:21:35 PM

AKP rules! The workers that were laid off should thank Allah that they are not being prosecuted as terrorists!

Aslam Benli

6/8/2012 10:25:04 PM

and still our Ayatollah Erdoğan is saying that we do not need tourists??? (from Israel he said to be accurate, but who might be included in the next fatwa?) Turkiye is and should remaing a destination for all (so maybe Turkish Airlines can rehire again)

MR Somalia

6/8/2012 3:30:15 AM

This is like behaving North Korea's dictators. I think Turkish people should stop using the airlines till it acts like a civilized organization that puts its workers first. I was planning to use them but after reading this I think I will use Ethiopian Airlines. They are crying about losing $2m while most of these families will not even have bread after this. Turks should punish this dictator airlines and the so called CEO who is too greedy.
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