Wildcat strike in Diyarbakır ends with victory

Wildcat strike of brick workers in Turkey wins pay increase.

Brick workers in several factories in Diyarbakır (the biggest city in the southeast Kurdish region of Turkey) went on a wildcat strike in a dispute over wages.

Working for a fixed wage for 4 years (around 350 euros and 16 hours of work in a day) without any pay rise, workers of the 11 brick factories in the city went on an unofficial strike on 16 April. It seems that the strike expanded "spontaeously".
Negotiations between workers' delegates and bosses under the supervision of jandarme general ended when the bosses proposed a 7.5% wage increase. The workers threatened to march towards the governorship 19 April if their demands were not met. Apparently after getting a 28% increase workers went back to work on April 21.

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mikail firtinaci
Apr 22 2010 00:17


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Apr 22 2010 08:53

can I confirmed that that's right - they were first offered 7.5%, but ended up with 28%?! Or do you mean 8%?

mikail firtinaci
Apr 22 2010 11:03

according to this source;


the bosses had to accept the workers' demands for a 28% increase. 7.5% was the bosses' initial offer.

Apr 22 2010 11:19

wow that's great

Apr 23 2010 02:23

Thank you for informing. Workers ( wage slaves) did get nothing if you look at the inflation rate in 4 years in Turkey. They sold their man power for less than market rate for 4 years. They must have got this increase four years ago. These economic even though political struggles will not help them to emancipate from slavery because this is the field of ruling class.

Apr 24 2010 07:42

Fantastic! Thank you for the info. Diyarbakir has a reputation of being a really tough place!