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Turkey — Unions rejoice at President's veto

07 October 2009

Union leaders have praised Turkey's President Abdullah Gul for vetoing a bill giving 'Private Labour Offices' broad rights to place temporary workers in companies, Just-style reports.

At a meeting between officials from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Istanbul, the unions warned that the increasing use of contract and temporary workers is leading to a growing number of violations of worker's rights.

Neil Kearney, General Secretary of the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers Federation (ITGLWF) said, "agency hires and temporary contracts destroy job security and promote gross exploitation of both the temporary worker and the permanent employee working alongside him."

"Unions' resistance to the worsening conditions has resulted in mass firings of union members. Government action is urgently needed to restore worker protection against this onslaught," Mr. Kearney added.



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