Mustafa Kuleli

Making trade union ‘trendy’

Board members of the Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS), together with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), organized this weekend (21-22 March 2015) in Istanbul the union’s third Strategic and Development workshop in a year. This was an opportunity for the new board (elected at the TGS Congress…

Journalists Unions Condemn IMC TV

To mark the Wold Day for Decent Work, we condemn all attempts to intimidate journalists for their union activity. Participants at the meeting participants heard reports from union leaders in Macedonia, Turkey and Montenegro who had all been fired from their jobs as a result of their union activity. Tamara Chausidis, President of the Trade…

New TGS Reaches First Collective Agreement

The EFJ congratulated the Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS) on signing a new collective agreement with the newspaper Evrensel benefiting 50 journalists and TGS new members. According to the new agreement, staff will receive 12.5% and 11% salary increase for the first and second year (to counter the high inflation rate – 9.66% in 2014).…

Turkey: Everything is alright

MUSTAFA KULELI * In June 2013 Turkey experienced the biggest social uprising of its history. The resistance began at Gezi Park which is next to the Taksim Square, the “heart of Istanbul”. It quickly spread and turned into a rebellion against the government’s authoritarian policies. These peaceful demonstrations with no leader or organization were different, clever,…