Union Statements on Soma
The Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions in Turkey:
"It is a workplace murder, not an industrial accident. Hundreds of our brothers working in Soma mines have been forced to work in inhuman production process in order to make maximum profit since the matter of promoting workersâ€™ health and security measures are considered in accordance with the pros and cons of expenditures. It means they have been left for dead since the beginning.â€
The Public Workers Confederation:
"Those who pursue privatisationâ€¦ policies, who threaten workersâ€™ lives to reduce costâ€¦ are the culprits of the Soma massacre and they must be held accountable.â€
IndustriALL Global Union
"It is intolerable that mine workers in Turkey are denied their basic human right to work in an environment that guarantees their safety, and that instead they are expected to go to work to die."