BBC Turkey strike ends with major concessions
The two-week action led to a 32 per cent pay rise.Journalists at BBC Turkey’s Istanbul bureau have ended the strike they started on 14 January, braving the snow and cold, to highlight how their pay had been robbed by rampant inflation.
At the end of the action, the members won:
- An annual pay raise of 32 per cent.
- Private health insurance for their families.
- Daily 60 TL lunch vouchers in gross.
- 1,200 TL support for eyeglasses/contact lenses.
The strikers said their success was only a beginning:
“The motivation and morale given by the strike will encourage colleagues experiencing lack of security, low wages and poor working conditions in the media sector to unite and fight under the union’s roof.”
Seamus Dooley, NUJ assistant general secretary, said:
NUJ members had sent the strikers many messages of solidarity.
“Please convey best wishes and solidarity to the BBC employees, who took such a strong stand, from all in the NUJ.”