111 trade union leaders and members, including the President of the IUF-affiliated TEKGIDA-İŞ along with four other national officers of the union and 12 branch presidents, and current and former officers of the national centers DISK and KESK, have been indicted on criminal charges in connection with an April 1 demonstration in Ankara in support of 12,000 tobacco workers whose jobs and acquired rights were eliminated overnight. The charges carry prison terms of up to 5 years. The trials, which begin on June 3, are a massive attack on trade union rights and the rights of all workers.
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IUF.org, Tues May 24 2011