İZBAN Workers Demand Equal Wages for Equal Work

Izban workers demand equal wages if they are equal
Izban workers demand equal wages if they are equal

The last meeting of the collective bargaining negotiations concerning 330 workers in İZBAN will be held on Friday. Workers demand equal pay for equal work. Speaking to the National Channel, Hamdullah Giral, Head of the Railways Work Union Branch, said that we insist on a solution at the table without going on strike.

Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and the Republic of Turkey State Railways (TCDD) 5th term partner company of my collective agreement between the trade unions Railways process continues in izban-Business Izmir Branch. In the collective agreement concerning 330 workers, the first 60 days expires on 24 January.

Saying that there is no raise offer by the employer, Izmir Branch President of the Railroad-İş Union, Hamdullah Giral said, “With the last meeting we will hold on January 22, the first 60 days will be over. If the proposal is not received in the session tomorrow, we have to legally keep the dispute minutes. Then the 15-day mediation process will begin. If an agreement cannot be reached in the mediator, we will take a strike decision as required by law so that the authority of our union does not fall. If there is no agreement within the next 60 days, then we will go on strike ”and explained the process.

Stating that they have a collective agreement with a total of 62 articles, Hamdullah Giral said that an agreement was reached on most of the administrative items, but there was a disagreement on the items related to wages.

WE WANT RETURN FOR OUR WORK

Hamdullah Giral, stating that the employees in İZBAN receive minimum wage, said, “The 10-year staff earns net 2 thousand 719 liras, since the minimum wage is now 2 thousand 825 liras, all employees receive minimum wage. Our aim is to get paid for our hard work. Our demands are not very high amounts. We demand the equalization of social benefits, bonuses and wages with other companies of the municipality. There is a 60-70 percent difference between us and other companies in terms of wages. Our Metropolitan Mayor, Mr. Tunç Soyer, had a discourse of 'equal pay for equal work', and we want this to be realized. We are İZBAN kazanWe don't want all of the workers, we just want the reward of our labor and a wage that we can live on.”

IF WE DON'T AGREE, WE WILL TAKE DECISION TO STRIKE

Hamdullah Giral stated that they would take a strike decision if an agreement could not be reached in the TİS and the mediation process, adding, “If our time expires on January 24, if we do not receive a wage offer, we must legally disobey. We have a mediation period of 15 days after the non-compliance is filed. We have an obligation to request a mediator from the competent authority. The mediator will try to reconcile in 15 days, and there is a mediator report period of 6 days. If we can't come to an agreement all this time, we will decide to strike. After hanging the strike decision, we can determine the strike date at any time we want within 60 days, provided that we notify the employer one week in advance.”

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