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Birleşik Metal-İş

Trade Union

Birleşik Metal-İş is a trade union that has been advocating for the advancement of working conditions as well as for the social, economic and cultural rights of the workers in the metal industry in Turkey. The trade union also represents the overwhelming majority of the workers at the car manufacturer Renault’s Turkish plant, Oyak. It is a member of IndustriALL Global Union, representing 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors.

Human rights defenders (HRDs) in Turkey have been subjected to judicial harassment, including criminal prosecution, violent attacks, threats, surveillance, prolonged arbitrary detention, and ill-treatment. In the aftermath of an attempted coup in July 2016, the environment for the work of HRDs deteriorated even further.