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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Turkish Seafarers Union indicate strike

On 21 April 2007, the Turkish Seafarers Union (TDS) issued a statement indicating that they might utilise their right to strike over unsatisfactory wage negotiations.

The Turkish News Agency IHA reported that TDS had demanded a 13% increase in wages whilst the Turkish Maritime Organization had offered an increase of only 0.5%. "More than 50,000 ships pass through straits every year and a strike will create big stoppages in ship traffic." TDS President Uzun said. The strike would include 700 pilots and related workers.


The Union has not set a date for this strike and is awaiting a response from the Turkish Authorities. It appears, however, that the government might be in a position to postpone a strike as it could create a situation that would "affect general public health and security".


Members are advised to take note. INTERTANKO will monitor and report on any developments.


Contact: Chantal Cheung-tam-he