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Cabin personnel of Turkish Airlines went on slowdown strike today to protest a draft law which bans strikes at the airlines.

A total of 104 flights, both domestic and international, were cancelled as a result of the strike at Atatürk Airport, where Turkish Airlines conducts between 400 and 450 flights a day, an official from the press secretariat of the carrier told the Hürriyet Daily News.

Labor contracts cancelled

Turkish Airlines in a written statement deemed the action illegal.

Turkish Airlines management called some employees to inform them that their labor contract had been cancelled, Mustafa Yağcı, general secretary of Hava-İş, told Hurriyet.com.tr.

The strike action will continue indefinitely if even one colleague is harmed, he said.

Simay Çeken, deputy chairman of Hava-İş, said employee member to several Turkish unions arrived in the Atatürk International Airport to support workers.

“The entrance cards of our friends were deactivated, they were fired illegally. Police is isolating us from the passengers and trying to close the strike view,” Çeken told the Hürriyet Daily News yesterday on the phone.


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john albay

5/30/2012 9:58:56 AM

@fred stern it is correct that 15 million Turks live and work in the EU that is OK and a matter of free choice but if and only if you can read they you would understand that I mean Turkey and the TRNC as countries do not wish to JOIN the EU with BANKRUPT states like greece,spain Italy Portugal and Ireland to name a few,and with mass un employment and the Euro about to go down the tubes.The EU is run by unelected men and women that is not democratic! Fred please stay their in the EU if your happy

Rimon Tree

5/29/2012 11:44:50 PM

@ john What are you talking about? 15 millions of Turks living in Europe happily and would not dream to leave! As for me I am happy with them, I am happy to live in Europe and happy you do not want to come! ;-))

Nuri Gotham

5/29/2012 8:47:37 PM

THY claimst to be the best ailrlines in Europe. What does stop the airline to become also the best employer ? Is it greed or ultra capitalistic tendencies ?


5/29/2012 7:59:43 PM

come now john as much as I detest europeans in general, there is no doubt that what dorus says is true- democracy is in its way to abolishment in turkey, this latest ban is prime example... it is also true that the right to go on a strike is preserved in europe and greece and journalists are truly not in prison

john albay

5/29/2012 6:38:40 PM

@dorus. we do not want to get into the EU any more the great majority of turks and citizens of the TRNC do not wish to join the EU for many reasons. What the goverment wants is another question.Please also note I am very much against the EU which I thought would be clear from my posts.


5/29/2012 2:53:08 PM

if that is the casewhy do you want to get in so desperately?

john albay

5/29/2012 1:51:22 PM

@dorus yes I have and I have seen throught the EU swindle a long time ago. The EU is un democratic and run by unelected fools and power mad men and women. That explains why greece ,greek occupied cyprus spain and others are all bankrupt and have to be bailed out by the EU taxpayers,what a fraud it is.


5/29/2012 1:24:25 PM

@albay: you have noticed the obvious fact that EU towards its federalization has taken certain authorities from member states. In fact if EU was to succeed, it would have to procceed to full economic and political federalization. However in Greece strikes are not forbidden and journalists are not in prison.

john albay

5/29/2012 12:00:58 PM

@dorus I think you are thinking about greece and its puppet state of south cyprus as in these 2 places it has already been abolished. In greece by germany and the EU/IMF and in the greek occupied zone of cyprus by greece.

osman altay

5/29/2012 11:40:56 AM

THY Management should quickly sit dow with the employes and put together a realistic plan. Including delaying of some delivery of aircraft and controlling growth. Possibly selling some assets. It should be a compromize. Thay should face reality rather than obsesed by grandure dreams. Do not lose the energy of the young employees.
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