Turkey - Top 10 worst countries for workers

Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey has been ranked among the ten worst countries in the world for workers, according to the International Trade Union Confederation’s (ITUC) 2023 Global Rights Index.

The union says there has been an ongoing assault on the freedoms and rights of workers, marked by the forceful suppression of protests by the police and the arbitrary arrest of trade union leaders throughout 2023.

Furthermore, employers persisted in their systematic efforts to undermine unions by deliberately terminating employees who attempted to organize.

The ITUC mentioned the detainment of Deputy General Secretary of the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DISK), Fahrettin Engin Erdoğan on Feb. 26 during a protest against the reports of corruption hampering efforts to help earthquake victims.

The report also particularly focused on the arrest of Şebnem Korur-Fincancı, President of the Turkish Medical Association, in 2022 and how the Turkish government has been trying to interfere with the union’s internal affairs.

ASD Laminat, Barutçu Tekstil, ETF Tekstil, and Philip Morris were listed as the companies violating workers’ rights in Turkey.

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