Sep 18 2018

Prosecutor requests arrest of 28 workers detained at İstanbul’s third airport

A Turkish prosecutor has requested the arrest of 28 workers from İstanbul third airport who were among hundreds detained last week during a strike protesting dangerous working conditions, left-wing Birgün daily reported.

A total of 401 people were detained during the strike by thousands of workers against working conditions and worker deaths at the third airport project on Friday.

While the protest was triggered by an on site service bus accident that injured 17, official sources indicate at least 27 employees have been killed on the site since 2015. This number is much higher according to unofficial sources, including the airport staff.

The prosecutor transferred 28 of the workers, among them union leaders, to court with a request for their arrest, Birgün said, noting that the detained workers stand accused of, among others, “the violation of work freedom,’’ “damaging public property,’’ “provoking people to hatred and enmity.’’

The İnşaat-İş workers' union protested the decision in a tweet, saying, ''You can never deter us with detentions and arrests. Construction workers are not slaves!''