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Turkish unions call strike in row with government over redundancies

Workers of former state-owned tobacco monopoly Tekel warm up around a fire on the 48th day of their strike in Ankara. (AFP)


Turkey's largest trade unions yesterday called a one-day strike over the rights of tobacco industry workers left redundant by privatisation, in an increasingly embarrassing row for the government.

The nine-hour strike, backed by six trade union confederations, will begin at 8am tomorrow and further action will be discussed on Friday, one of the union leaders, Mustafa Kumlu, told reporters. "Each confederation chairman will decide with his organisation how to implement the decision," he said, without giving details about what services will be affected.

The strike was called after talks collapsed with the government on Monday over the fate of some 12,000 workers made redundant by the privatisation of the state tobacco monopoly Tekel in 2008.


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