Message of congratulation by the Free Trade Union of Iranian Workers to the Turkish Syndicate of Transport workers TÜMTISWith warm greetings
Dear FriendsWe became aware that members of your syndicate who had been arrested in May Day celebrations , were tried today and released with no charge.
This news brings great pleasure to us , Iranian workers. We consider the release of these colleagues a victory for the Turkish working class and we congratulate you whole heartedly .
We take this opportunity to inform you that two of our colleagues , Javanmir Moradi and Taha Azadi , members of our union's executive committee , who were also arrested in May Day celebrations , have been in prison for 36 days . These friends have faced major physical hardships during their imprisonment.FriendsFrom our point of view , celebrating May Day is an absolute right of workers throughout the world and no doubt international solidarity of the working class and its development amongst workers in countries such as Iran, Turkey and other countries in the region can guarantee the progress of workers in achieving this basic human right.Long Live May DayLong Live International SolidarityFree Trade Union of Iranian
From: Iranian Free Workers Union
- 30 may 2008To Prime Minister The Turkish Republic Basbakan Recep Tayyip Erdogan
FAX: 0090 312 417 04 76
Turkish Ministry of Justice
Fax : 0090-312 714 7113
Trail of TUMTIS ActivistsSir,It has come to our notice that some members of the Turkish transport syndicate, the TUMTIS, have been charged for organising workers and disruption in the work place and they face a trial on the 6th of June 2008. We are also aware that, there are members of other workers' organisations who have been arrested, persecuted and jailed, we have heard of police brutally , attacks on a peaceful workers' demonstration on First of May 2008, the International workers' day when many workers were injured and arrested in your country.We the members of Iranian Free Workers Union, in solidarity with members of Transport Syndicate and other workers' organisations in your country, condemn the trial of Transport Syndicate’s members on 6Th June, the police attack on First May rally and the subsequent arrest and imprisonment of worker activists in Turkey. We would like to bring to your attention aspects of International law which guarantee the basic and undeniable rights of workers in their struggle for achieving a better, acceptable and dignified living standard and therefore we request you use your good office, to immediately and unconditionally drop the charges against TUMTIS activists and stop the persecution and harassment of other worker activists.Yours sincerelyIranian Free Workers
fax: +98 21
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