Level crossing keepers working without permission 56 hours per week

Level crossing guards work 56 hours a week without permission: In the train accident that resulted in the death of 10 workers at the level crossing in Mersin, all the bill was cut to the subcontractor worker working as the gatekeeper. The authorities, who invited the accident by not taking the necessary precautions, were still not touched.
KazanAfter the train, the two drivers of the train and the gate guard Erhan Kılıç, who allegedly did not lower the barriers on time, were detained. Erhan Kılıç was arrested while the drivers were released. Making a statement about the accident, the United Transport Employees Union (BTS) drew attention to the fact that the people working as gatekeepers were recruited through service procurement, they were not TCDD personnel, and that this situation invited accidents.
Mr. Tonguç Özkan, President of the BTS Adana Branch, told the newspaper about the working conditions of these subcontracted workers.
According to the information provided by Özkan, the weekly working hours of these subcontractors are 56 hours. They cannot even take a weekly leave, they work with minimum wage. Contracts are renewed every year, input and output are made in SGK records. For this reason, they cannot get compensation or retire. When they ask for permission, they say 'no staff' and they are not allowed to use permission. For this reason, other guards are on duty 24 hours a day to manage their friends who need leave.
Workers are forced to work overtime every week, but they do not pay overtime. No food allowance. They only get one dolmus money per month, like 100 TL. When the contracts are terminated at the end of the year, they withdraw the severance pay which they have deposited in the accounts of the subcontractor because they are a legal requirement and bring them to the firm again. Even the subcontractor in the bank is waiting for the authorities to get this money back. They can't make a sound out of it, because they don't have any job security.
Özkan says: “Until 8 years ago, TCDD's permanent employees were doing this job. Then, personnel began to be recruited through service procurement and this became the case. These workers work in very bad conditions and are not railway workers. We have repeatedly warned TCDD and officials about this issue and level crossings. But tender as always, deaf to these warnings and kazanIt was left to a subcontractor worker, not to the authorities who were actually responsible for the company.”
BTS Adana Service Warehouse Chief Representative Hüseyin Erdem, one of the machinists of the accident train, also said, kazanHe emphasized that the entire responsibility of the company cannot be transferred to a single worker. Erdem said, “In every accident, either the mechanic or the driver or the guard is declared guilty and the case is closed. However, there is a structural problem here. Railways and highways should be completely separated. As long as the gate is not secured, these accidents will continue.”

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