Workers at the Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, have contacted the University of London's "3 Cosas" campaign for equality between outsourced and directly-employed staff to express their support and solidarity.
The workers at active in UID-DER, a rank-and-file network in the Turkish labour movement which sent solidarity greetings to 3 Cosas from its 15 December conference (see here).
The Hacettepe workers write:
Our dear class brothers and sisters,
We are sending our greetings to you from Hacettepe University, Turkey. We are workers who had been dismissed because of our struggle against injustices created by outsourced work and who were eventually reinstated thanks to our resistance.
We have learned from UID-DER website that you are also working under bad conditions because of outsourced work. But you do not kneel down before these conditions. When we read that you have made achievements in your struggle, it gave us hope and strength. We face similar problems as you, such as low wages, unequal working conditions and insecurity. And we fight these injustices as well.
We also made an important achievement through our struggle. Through our unofficial strike after our dismissal we, 50 workers, succeeded in getting us reinstated as regular workers of the university.
All over the world bosses seek to find ways of deeper and deeper exploitation and impose insecure conditions of work on workers. They want us work like slaves with lower wages, less workers for the same job, and without social and economic rights.
We know that workers all over the world have same problems no matter what our languages, colours, cultures are. We have to be in solidarity in our struggles against the attacks of bosses as they are united across the world against workers to better exploit them.
With these thoughts and feelings, we wish you a successful struggle.
Long live international unity of struggle of workers!
Long live class solidarity!
From a group of workers from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey.
Workers' Liberty members active in the 3 Cosas campaign will be working to organise a reciprocal message of solidarity.
For more on the Hacettepe workers' struggle, see here. For more information on the 3 Cosas campaign, including how to donate to its strike fund, see here. Outsourced workers at the University of London will strike again from 27-29 January to win pension, sick pay, and holiday equality with directly-employed staff.
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