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Monthly Archives: November 2008 29 November 2008

Ankara: Thousands said “We will not pay for capital’s crisis”.

In Turkey, Ankara more than 60 thousand people marched against “Unemployment, Poverty and Price Increases for Work, Peace and Democracy”. Today a demonstration is held in Ankara after the call of left trade union confederations, KESK (Confederation of Public Trade Unions) and DISK (Confederation of Progressive Workers’ Trade Unions) and more than 60 thousand workers, unemployed, women and students from various organizations from the country participated, demanding an end to unemployment and recent price increases on public services. While the AKP government in Turkey is preparing to make a new stand-by agreement with IMF and more than 100 thousand formal and informal workers are laid off in recent months, local government in Ankara increased the price of natural gas, which is used for heating and cooking in the capital city, by a total of 82 % in 2008. Today’s demonstration was the first big demonstration of the confederations after the demonstration of People’s Houses in the beginning of November and various local protests and demonstrations of labor organizations against the crisis during this month. Read More »