On June 27, union leaders protesting contaminated drinking water and the refusal to negotiate with the union at SAE-A Technotex in Nicaragua were fired by management and forcibly taken out of the factory by riot police.
Today, the Turkish textile-garment union TEKSiF reached agreement on a new contract with the main Turkish textile-garment employers' association, ending a national strike that began August 15. The new agreement sets wages and conditions for thirty factories and 20,000 workers, including 12,000 TEKSiF members and several thousand members of two other unions.
The union enjoyed 100% participation and support by the 12,000 TEKSiF members, effectively closing all thirty affected plants. The union has released a press statement and an announcement of the terms of the agreement, both in Turkish.
Workers' victory has global significance, as Turkey is one of the top sourcing companies for multinational apparel corporations. Turkey is the third largest sourcing country for Adidas, the focus of a global campaign by workers in its contract factories to demand living wages, workplace safety and stable jobs.