A local Turkish court determined on July 10, 2019 that workers at Cargill’s Bursa-Orhangazi factory were dismissed in April 2018 solely as a consequence of their union activity. The expert report, which informed the court’s decision, confirmed that the company’s justifications for dismissal were groundless. The workers were fired because they had joined Tekgida-Is.
Despite this court finding, Turkish law does permit employers under these circumstances to offer compensation as an alternative to reinstatement.
Since April 2018, the workers unfairly dismissed by Cargill have marched, picketed and rallied to demand their full reinstatement with the support of the IUF, Tekgida-Is, and Cargill unions around the world. Together, we will continue to fight for their reinstatement and the right of workers at Cargill Turkey to freely form or join a union without fear of victimization.
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