(TUM BELEDIYE VE GENEL HIZMET ISCILERI SENDIKASI)
Labour union founded in Ankara on January 24, 1979 to operate in the services branch; affiliated to Hak-Is.
The union was founded by Hüseyin Tanriverdi (temporary chairman), Mustafa Dost, Nedim Solak, Bekir Yildirim, Habip Güzelgül, Cemal Demirbay and Ömer Kaplan.
The union held general assembly meetings on: 20.1.1980, 6.11.1982, 3-4.12.1983, 15-16.11.1986, 11-12.11.1989, 30.10- 1.11.1992 and 14-15.10.1995. The board elected at the last congress is composed of Hüseyin Tanriverdi (chairman), Mahmut Arslan (general secretary), Metin Eser, Halil Süngü and Recep Özcan.
The chairman of the union explained that the union was born in reaction to the existing unions in this branch, which as in all other branches did not own up the history, national and moral values, customs and traditions of our people, but on the contrary tried to demolish these," and accused the unions and confederations closed by the military regime in 1980 as organizations that provoked anarchy and abused workers for their own interests and murky objectives". The union maintained that its basic difference from other workers organizations was its sociological and moral links to the deep roots of Turkey.
A subsequent decree by the military government, however, also suspended the activities of Hizmet-Is together with other Hak-Is affiliates. This decision was rescinded on 19.2.1981.
The union is against the system of shop stewards on the grounds that it will develop individual struggle instead of collective struggle, and defends the establishment of enterprise committees. Its religious approach is also reflected in its collective negotiations and some of its agreements include articles such as the provision of opportunities for prayer at the workplace and the circumcision of the children of workers.
The union publishes a monthly journal called Hizmet-Is. It has branches in Sivas, Manisa, Elbistan, Sanliurfa, Adiyaman, Bingöl, Erzurum, Diyarbakir, Sakarya, Yozgat, Kirikkale, Ankara No:1, Ankara No: 2, Ankara ASKI, Islahiye, Yüksekova, Istanbul No: 1, Istanbul Konut Iscileri, Cankari, Afsin, Iskenderun, Malatya, Bolvadin, Kütahya, Konya, Kahramanmaras, Kastamonu, Tarsus, Kocaeli, Bursa, Bitlis, Osmaniye, Eskisehir, Kayseri, Batman, Izmir, Elazig, Kadirli, Van, Mersin, Nizip, Mus, Aksaray, Tatvan, Kars, Giresun, Trabzon. It reported 20,660 members in 1984, 26,715 in 1987, 25,920 in 1989, 35,938 in 1991, 40,442 in 1992, 60,916 in 1995 and 84,207 in 1997.
(AGAC, SUNTA, MOBILYA VE MANTAR SANAYII ISCILERI SENDIKASI)
Labour union founded in Ankara on March 26, 1980 to operate in the wood branch; affiliated to Hak-Is.
The union was founded by Aziz Yilmaz, Necati Celik, Abidin Özkaraaslan, Abdülkadir Imamoglu, Alaaddin Aydin, Hüseyin Sürtük, Hasan Asar, Mehmet Yaman and Ziyaeddin Sevindik, and affiliated to Hak-Is immediately after its foundation.
It held general assembly meetings on: 8.5.1982, 26-27.11.1983, 8.9.1986, 21-22.10.1989, 22.214.171.1242 and 23-24.9.1995. The board elected at the last congress is composed of Abidin Özkaraaslan (chairman), Eyüp Karaderili (general secretary) and Aydin Ibrahimagaoglu (finance secretary).
In 1984 Bagimsiz Agac-Is (Independent Union of Wood Industry Workers) joined Öz Agac-Is.
The union called a strike at the Kocaeli Mobilya plant on 13.3.1989 when the collective negotiations ended in disagreement. The strike lasted 435 days. The union waged another strike involving 1800 workers in July 1990 at the Tepe Mobilya plant. The employer responded by importing workers from other cities to replace them. The strike was postponed for two months by the Council of Ministers when the Gulf War broke out.
On 19 February 1992 the failure to reach an agreement during the collective negotiations at the ORSAS workplace led to a strike. The action ended by a settlement on 1.5.1992. This was the first time in Turkey that workers laid off by a subcontractor were reinstated and a strike against the subcontractor was terminated by means of an agreement with his employer.
The union has 7 representative offices (Marmara, Karadeniz, Adana, Giresun, Kayseri, Kastamonu, Kocaeli, Afyon, Malatya). It publishes a monthly called Öz Agac-Is" since May 1993.
(MADENI ESYA VE OTO SANAYII ISCILERI SENDIKASI)
Labour union founded in Iskenderun, Hatay on May 11, 1976 to operate in the metal branch, originally under the name of Öz Demir-Is (Genuine Union of Iron, Steel, Metal Ware and Automobile Industry Workers of Turkey); affiliated to Hak-Is and IMF (International Metal Workers Federation).
The union was founded by Ökkes Cansiz (temporary chairman), Sehmus Daban, Hifzullah Danis, Selim Simsek, Hüsamettin Öncel, Hüseyin Corbaci, Ömer Semerci, Süleyman Özgen, Mustafa Bozat, A.Kadir Sahin, Ömer Karakaya, Celalettin Eren and Ahmet Kilincer.
The union held general assembly meetings on: 21.11.1976, 20.7.1977, 8.11.1977 (extraordinary), in June 1979, on 22.12.1979 (extraordinary), 7.3.1982, 3.9.1983 (extraordinary), 3-4.12.1983, 27.7.1985 (extraordinary), 8-9.11.1986, 14-15.10.1989, 23- 24.2.1991, 9-11.10.1992, 24-25.4.1993 and 9-11.6.1995. The board elected at the last congress is composed of Metin Türker (chairman), M. Kemal Can (vice-chairman), Recai Baskan (general secretary), Feridun Tankut, Mustafa Atli and Keramettin Arslan. Metin Türker died on 6.12.1997, Recai Baskan became chairman and Mustafa Atli as general secretary. The vice-chairmanship was abolished.
In 1978 Öz Demir-Is began talks with other Hak-Is affiliates Öz Donat-Is and Tümsan-Is in the same branch for unification. The negotiations ended positively and it was decided that the latter two unions should abolish themselves to join Öz Demir-Is, which would then hold an extraordinary congress to form a new leadership. Pursuant to another condition of the agreement, Öz Demir-Is moved its headquarters to Ankara and the unification was realized in December 1979.
In 1984 Öz Metal-Is, Ege Metal-Is, Tüm Metal-Is and Celik-Sen unions abolished themselves to join Öz Demir-Is.
In 1991 Öz Demir-Is and Celik-Is agreed to unite the two unions under the name of Öz Celik-Is, which would affiliate to Hak-Is. The new union also decided to become a member of IMF.
In 1993 the union started a campaign against privatizations. In October of that year it organized a panel meeting on Privatization at the Iron and Steel Mills of Turkey and Alternative Solutions".
In 1993 and 1994 Öz Celik-Is set up diagnosis and check-up centres in Iskenderun, Karabük and Istanbul.
In April 1994 the union organized a rally, supported by other unions and associations, to protest the decision of the government to close down the iron and steel mills in Karabük.
The union publishes a periodical named Özcelik-Is Gazetesi". It reported 13 branches and 90,164 members as of April 1996 and 14 branches, 1 representative office and 95,230 members as of December 1997.
(ÖZ TUTUN, MUSKIRAT VE GIDA SANAYII VE YARDIMCI ISCILERI SENDIKASI)
Labour union founded in Sivas on May 26, 1976 to operate in the food branch, originally under the name of Türkiye Öz Gida-Is; affiliated to Hak-Is.
The union was founded by Mustafa Noyan (temporary) chairman), A. Turan Tasköprü, Abdullah Turan, Salim Pinar, Cahit Bülbül, Ihsan Baybas, Ali Canpolat, Murat Karahan and Ali Poyraz.
The union held general assembly meetings on: 12.12.1976 (extraordinary), 24.4.1977 (extraordinary), 3.7.1977 (extraordinary), 14.2.1978 (extraordinary), 8.10.1978 (extraordinary), 13.4.1980 (extraordinary), 14.6.1981, 17.4.1982 (extraordinary), 11.9.1983 (extraordinary), 3-4.12.1983, 15-16.1986, 17-19.11.1989, 13-15.11.1992 and 6-8.10.1995. At the last congress Necati Celik and Salim Uslu who had acted as the chairman and general secretary, respectively, of the union since 1981 were reelected. The other members of the board were Agâh Kafkas, A. Baki Gülbaba and Settar Aslan. After Necati Celik had been elected to the Parliament, Salih Uslu became chairman.
The union affiliated to Hak-Is on 19.10.1976.
In 1976 Süt-Kur union, in 1977 Öz Süt-Kur and Hak Gida-Is and in 1978 Öz Yem Is joined Öz Gida-Is. The congress in 1977 decided to move the headquarters of the union from Sivas to Ankara.
In 1979 Karadeniz Birlik Gida Iscileri Sendikasi (Union of Food Workers of Black Sea) and in 1983 Cukurova Besin-Is amalgamated with Öz Gida-Is.
In 1991 the union called a strike at the bread factories of the Municipality of Istanbul, and then organized a march to Ankara in August 1991.
In 1993 the members of the union at Fiskobirlik, most of them women, waged a strike and on 22.2.1993 assembled before the Ministry of Industry and Commerce for a 30-day sit-in. They also celebrated 8th of March, International Womens Day, during their action.
The union organized a campaign against privatizations between May 1992-December 1993. It declared that if privatization was unavoidable, it was willing to buy such enterprises. When EBK (State Meat and Fish Industries) was sold to another bidder, it protested this decision and organized actions in 40 workplaces. The first tender was annulled, and the union won the second tender for the sale. However, when this sale was also invalidated, the union members again organized protests, as a result of which they obtained the right to transfer to other state enterprises if the company where they were working was privatized.
The union published a journal called Nester" until 1980. At present it has two periodicals called Öz Gida-Is Dergisi" and Öz Gida-Is Gazetesi".
The union has branches in Adana, Gaziantep, Dogu Karadeniz, Marmara, Diyarbakir, Giresun, Istanbul No 1, Bakirköy, Izmir, Ankara, Kayseri, Erzurum, Van, Manisa, Konya, Bursa, Trabzon, Elazig, Kirikkale and Istanbul Firin Isyerleri. It reported 16,368 members (1,693 of them women) in 1978, 13,425 (225 women) in 1979, 19,975 in 1982, 23,764 in 1984, 27,399 in 1985, 31,131 in 1986, 37,685 in 1987, 43,644 in 1988, 49,526 in 1989, 53,570 in 1990, 55,659 in 1991, 62,366 in 1992, 65,941 in 1993, 67,687 in 1994, 69,539 in 1995, 71,231 in 1996 and 74,356 in 1997.
(TURKIYE DOKUMA, IPLIK, TRIKOTAJ VE GIYIM SANAYII ISCILERI SENDIKASI)
Labour union founded in Ankara on 4 August 1978 to operate in the textile branch; affiliated to Hak-Is.
The union was founded by Mehmet Er (temporary chairman), Seyit Bozdemir, Vakkas Söylemez, Nihad Acar, Bayram Yeter, Sevket Secinti and Mustafa Satan.
It held general assembly meetings on: 1.4.1979, 2.8.1981, 24.7.1983 (extraordinary), 4.12.1983, 16.11.1986, 10.7.1988 (extraordinary), 12.11.1989, 8.11.1992 and 22.10.1995. The board elected at the last congress is composed of Yusuf Engin (chairman), Bayram Erdogan (general secretary), Murat Inanc, Musa Ipekci and Zekai Ilkdogan.
The union affiliated to Hak-Is on 22.10.1978.
The union publishes a periodical called Öz Iplik Is Sendikasi Gazetesi" and has branches in Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa, Yalova, Kahramanmaras, Malatya, Gaziantep, Nigde, Adana, Kayseri, Trakya Bölge and Isparta.
It reported 900 members in 1978, 12,175 in 1980, 11,741 in 1982, 24,655 in 1984, 29,457 in 1985, 34,464 in 1986, 36,641 in 1987, 40,085 in 1988, 42,776 in 1989, 47,776 in 1990, 54,694 in 1991, 62,035 in 1992, 64,064 in 1993, 64,732 in 1994, 66,723 in 1995 and 68,189 in 1996.
(ÖZ SAGLIK ISCILERI SENDIKASI)
Labour union founded in Ankara on September 29, 1988 to operate in the health branch; affiliated to Hak-Is.
The union was founded by A. Ersin Cengiz, Merdan Güngör, Mehmet Altundal, Ahmet Bostan, Mustafa Meydan, Ramazan Sökmen, Nazmi Coskun, Mehmet Yilmaz and Ismet Akyol.
The union held its first general assembly meeting on 18-19.3.1989. The board elected at this congress was composed of A. Ersin Cengiz (chairman), Merdan Güngör (general secretary), Sennan Kaya, Ramazan Sökmen and Nazmi Coskun.
Legal investigations were started about the union when it failed to hold its congress due in March 1992 and did not respond to the official correspondence. In October 1993 the Labour Court decided to remove the board of managers and to place the union under trusteeship.
(TURKIYE ÖZ TARIM, TOPRAK, SU VE ORMAN SANAYII ISCILERI SENDIKASI)
Labour union founded in Ankara on September 10, 1976 to operate in the agriculture branch; affiliated to Hak-Is since 1982.
The union was founded by A. Nihat Gökbakan (temporary chairman), Sadullah Özdemir, Halil Yigit, Abdullah Keskekci, Famil Sevindik, Erdogan Malgin, Izzet Ergin and Süleyman Tepe.
It held general assembly meetings on: 31.1.1977, 7.11.1978 (extraordinary), 30.1.1981, 2.10.1982 (extraordinary), 6.3.1983 and 23-24.3.1996. The board elected at the last congress is composed of Serif Akyol (chairman), Temel Ustün (general secretary), Mehmet Emin Dindaroglu.
At its first congress, the delegates declared that they had felt the need for founding a new union because the existing unions in this branch, Tarim-Is and TIS, had failed to obtain any rights for workers.
It has 10 regional representative offices in Aksaray, Ankara, Aydin, Edirne, Igdir, Konya, Kütahya, Samsun, Urfa and Yozgat; 2 provincial representative offices in Denizli and Tokat.
The union reported 224,345 members in 1977, 224,400 in 1978, 386 in 1996 and 503 in 1997.
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