The International Trade Union Confederation, Africa (ITUC-AFRICA) has called on the management of Yapı Merkezi to dialogue with the striking Turkish Construction Workers with the view resolving their grievience.
The Turkish Construction Workers have been on strike since August 5, 2023 over challenging situations including non payment of seven months salary by her employer, Yapi Merkezi handling the Tanzania Railway line Project.
General Secretary of ITUC-AFRICA Comrade Kwasi Adu-Amankwah while reacting to the development said the situation the Turkish workers face in Tanzania is a glaring example of one of the abuses that migrant workers face wherever they live and work.
He said the fundamental rights of workers, regardless of their nationality or race, are paramount and must be respected in law and practice.
“We express our deep concern over the challenging conditions these workers have been enduring, including the non-payment of wages for seven months, which has compelled them to strike. Reports reaching us suggest that the workers have been comporting themselves peacefully and ready to engage in genuine negotiation.
“The fundamental rights of workers, regardless of their nationality or race, are paramount and must be respected in law and practice.
“Workers’ rights are human rights, and the dignity of labour must be upheld in all circumstances. ITUC-Africa reiterates its unwavering commitment to defending workers’ rights across the African continent and beyond. We stand united with the Turkish construction workers in their quest for fairness and justice.
“We affirm that the demands and concessions put forth by the striking workers to their employer, including the payment of four months’ worth of salaries and a commitment to subsequent regular payments, are well-founded and legitimate. We, therefore, call on the management of Yapı Merkezi Construction to address their grievances without further delay.
“ITUC-Africa recognizes the significance and effectiveness of open dialogue and peaceful negotiations in resolving labour disputes. We call upon Yapı Merkezi and the relevant authorities in Tanzania to engage in meaningful dialogue with the striking workers and their representatives to find a swift and equitable solution to this pressing issue”.