The chairman of Turkish Airlines has been targeted to resolve the dispute between management and more than 345 sacked workers.
In June, Hava-Is, the Turkish aviation workers union said 300 Turkish employees had been fired at Turkish Airlines, and 45 at Turkish Technic, which is 100% owned by the airline, via text message and email over a ban on strike action, see previous story.
The International Transport Workers' Federation said talks with the Turkish government in Geneva and London to resolve the dispute have stalled "apparently due to the lack of willingness on the part of the Turkish Airlines' management to find a mutually acceptable solution".
In a letter, general secretary David Cockroft asked for Turkish Airlines' chairman Hamdi Topcu to take personal responsibility for opening talks between management and airline staff.
Cockroft said: "The company's behaviour is utterly at odds with its ambitions to be a European and global leader, and is perceived by transport unions and others worldwide as unreasonable and unnecessary.
"This dispute has already dragged on for over two months. The management of Turkish Airlines has nothing to lose and everything to gain by participating in a dialogue in good faith, with a view to finding a favourable outcome."
He added: "We urge you personally to take charge of the situation now and to show the leadership and management skills that are required to achieve an equitable and positive result."
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
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