Sacked workers protest against Hey Tekstil firm
ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily NewsSome 420 workers in Istanbul have started a protest in front of the factory entrance to the Hey Tekstil company, demanding that the firm pay four months of unpaid wages and severance after laying off 5,000 workers across the country.
Yusuf Çiçek, who has been working for over 10 years at Hey Tekstil, told newsportal EmekDüyası.net that the company had been paying his wages only sporadically over the past three years and that no reason had been given for the lay-offs. Çiçek plans to camp outside of the factory entrance until Hey Tekstil provides him with back-pay and compensation.
Ömer Sakallıoğlu, a Hey Tekstil worker who left the company of his own volition, said he was standing beside his fellow workers.
Hey Tekstil workers said they believed the government had turned a blind-eye to their situation.