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Date updated : 16-Jul-2018

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Stop the attack on rights at Cargill Turkey - Reinstate #TheCargill14 now!

Fourteen union activists have been continually protesting after being unfairly dismissed from their jobs on April 17, 2018 while organizing a union at Cargill-Turkey's corn-milling facility in Bursa-Orhangazi.

This is not the first time Cargill management in Turkey has fired workers for attempting to exercise their rights. In 2015, a court ruled that workers were unfairly dismissed for trying to organize a union at the same plant. Turkey's legal system, however, offers an escape route: as an alternative to reinstating workers who are sacked for forming or joining a union, companies can pay compensation. Cargill opted to pay for its human rights violations rather than reinstate the victimized workers.

Cargill has been repeatedly informed of these blatant rights violations by the IUF and its affiliates with Cargill membership. The company, however, has failed to take any meaningful action to remedy the abuses.

USE THE FORM BELOW TO SEND A MESSAGE to Cargill, insisting the company reinstate these 14 workers and allow workers in Bursa-Orhangazi to freely exercise their right to join a union without retaliation from Cargill local management.

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To David MacLennan, CEO Cargill
Cc Banu Oksun, HR Director, Cargill Foods Middle East, Turkey & North Africa

Dear Mr. MacLennan, Dear Ms Oksun

I am very disappointed to have learned from the IUF about ongoing violations of fundamental rights at Cargill in Bursa-Orhangazi, Turkey, where fourteen workers were dismissed on April 17, 2018 while organizing a union at their workplace with the assistance of the IUF-affiliated union, Tekgıda-İş.

I call on Cargill to respect its international human rights obligations by reinstating these 14 workers and taking all necessary steps to allow workers to freely choose a union without influence from Cargill local management.

Yours sincerely,

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