January 3, 2014 -Turkish Airlines and Hava-Is, a
Turkish affiliate of the International Transport
Workers Federation (ITF), reached an agreement
that will reinstate 305 terminated Turkish
Airlines workers and end a 20-month dispute at
The 305 workers were terminated after taking
action in May 2012 to protest legislation
banning strikes in the Turkish aviation
industry. Despite court rulings in favor of more
than 170 of the Hava-Is members, the airline
refused to reinstate any of the workers.
An ITF campaign was launched to support Hava-Is
and “reinstate the 305”. In March 2013 the ITF,
together with Hava-Is, lodged a complaint
against the Turkish government at the
International Labour Organization (ILO).
In June 2012 IAM General Vice President and ITF
Executive Board Member Sito Pantoja and Chief of
Staff and Vice-Chair of the ITF's Civil Aviation
Section Joseph Tiberi met with the Turkish
ambassador to the United States on behalf of the
Hava-Is workers to express concern regarding the
attack on Turkish airline worker's rights.