PRESS RELEASE: About the Developments in Turkey
The World Federation of Teachers Union, FISE, member of WFTU, condemns the bomb attack on Saturday 20/8/2016 at a wedding in Gaziantep, Turkey that resulted in 51 people killed and 69 others wounded and it sends its condolences to the families of the victims.
FISE is watching with attention and concern the developments in Turkey after the attempted coup on 15.7.2016 and the measures that have followed. Like for example the cancellation of working permits of 27.424 workers in the education sector and the prohibition to work again in the public or private education.
These developments are the result of the rivalries among the imperialist forces in the region that are also expressed within Turkey. It becomes obvious to all peoples that the participation of a country in the predatory alliance EU – NATO cannot provide any security.
The Justice and Development Party (AKP)of Erdogan, presented as the “protector of the Republic” after the coup, during the entire previous period has been escalating the repression, authoritarianism, the attack on workers’ and people’s rights and freedoms. They imprisoned militant workers, unionists. The fact is that the bourgeoisie of Turkey and the parties that serve it will take advantage of the developments to reinforce the attack on the people and the workers. The workers and teachers in Turkey must be on alert and vigilant.
At the same time it is extremely dangerous for the workers and the trade union movement, the effort of trade unions, such as the ITUC to intervene in the developments serving the purpose of the imperialist centres. Once again the ITUC remains silent on the pursuits of the US -NATO-EU in the region, promoting in this way their own agenda.
The workers of each country can now draw conclusions from their experience. The participation in imperialist competitions, the interventions and wars go along with the escalation of the attack on wages, social security, trade union rights and freedoms in each country.
Faced with these developments, the teachers, the workers, the unions have to organize their resistance, to protect the rights and lives of workers. They have to strengthen the struggle against the imperialist organizations and their plans.