ITF urges Turkish PM to honour Olympic spirit over 305 sacked airline workers
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is stepping up its campaign for the reinstatement of 305 sacked Turkish Airline workers, as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in the UK for the 2012 Olympic Games,
On Friday morning, senior ITF representatives, Unite officials and members of London’s Turkish community will display 305 red and white balloons outside the Turkish embassy to demonstrate their support for the sacked workers.
The event will take place at 11:00 on Friday, 27 July 2012 at the Turkish Embassy, 43 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PA. Press and photographers are invited to attend.
The previous evening, Rhys McCarthy, Unite Regional Coordinating Officer, and workers at Heathrow Airport will greet Stephen Cotton, ITF Maritime Co-ordinator, as he arrives from supporting the Hava-Is trade union picket line at Istanbul Airport. Stephen Cotton will hand over a ‘gold Olympic medal’ made by Hava-Is which Rhys McCarthy will present to the Turkish embassy for PM Erdogan on Friday morning. It will urge the PM to ‘make Turkey proud, honour your workers on the world stage’.