The draft law giving the signs of chaos in the railway system should be withdrawn.
In the 21.09.2012 dated issue of Radikal newspaper, in his article titled ın The record in iron networks is still in the era of Atatürk Genel, TCDD General Director Süleyman Karaman's views on the liberalization of railways are included. The draft law, which will be on the agenda of the Turkish Grand National Assembly in October, should not only be seen as the train run of the private sector with its own staff, wagon and locomotive. For our railway laborers, this law means the fragmentation and liquidation of the railways.
Commercialize the service
Applications of the neo-liberal policies in the railways worldwide; increased traffic accidents, the increase of accidents, precarious, flexible, unregulated and non-union work life, encouraging the informal sector, increasing unemployment, decreasing the wages of workers, evaluating the health of workers' health and security as a cost, seeing the profit as the main target, eliminating the public service and the customer has the right to have access to the money.
Unfortunately, the draft law contains all these negativities arising from the implementation of neo-liberal policies. In the evaluation of the draft, it is obvious that the three main objectives of the neo-liberal policies, which are closely perceived by all social groups, are tried to be implemented for the railway system.
The primary objective is to commercialize railway service from public service. This implies a permanent commodification of the right of transportation, which humanity considers as the fundamental rights, and the benefit of this service.
The second objective is the liquidation of public space and privatization. In spite of all the contrary statements, the draft clearly shows that the railway system will face a strong wave of privatization in a very short period of time.
And finally, it is to open the way for the outsourcing of cheap and precarious labor, which is a must for neo-liberal understanding.
The draft aims to provide the basis for privatization in terms of both infrastructure and train operations. Because the draft law is supervised by the Ministry to be able to perform infrastructure and / or train operations.
The Council of Ministers shall be the only authority for the continuation of business in non-commercial lines by introducing the definition of public service obligation. This provision results from the fact that trains which are not considered as public service by the government are removed from the expedition because they are not economic.
The railway operation, which is being carried out by TCDD from a single source, will be carried out by the operators and companies which are separated by many railway infrastructure and train operators and subcontractors, ie subcontractors, through the service procurement of the works performed by these operators. This will bring chaos. This will mean that rail traffic safety will be endangered and accidents will increase if we consider the accidents that are currently taking place on our railways.
Railway transportation 3. It is a fact that the passenger and freight transporters benefiting from rail transportation in countries where they are opened are taking advantage of this service as more expensive, while the number of employees decreases rapidly during the process, and some of the employees are from their jobs.
For this reason, the privatization of infrastructure management in many countries, particularly in countries such as Germany, France and Italy, has been strongly limited to a political stance, except for a few examples that have never been on the agenda or local. Even in the UK, where the first and the most rigorous practices in the liberalization of the railway system were experienced, the privatized infrastructure was soon expropriated again.
In fact, the situation in train management is not very different. On the one hand, while the pressure on the privatization of the railroads to the developing countries should be lifted, the German state-owned company DB Schenker has come to the point of controlling the freight traffic of not only Germany, but all Central and Eastern Europe monopoly.
As a result, the drafting of the railway should not be grasped in terms of the international importance of both the national and the geography.
With the support and guidance of international financial institutions, a ın Transport Master Plan ın should be prepared, which firstly provides a holistic approach to our country's transportation system.
Source : www.radikal.com.t is