Istanbul, Turkey – Recticel has gone to court twice to stop employees in Turkey bargaining through a trade union at its Recticel Technical Sunger Izolasyon business.
Turkish umbrella union IndustriALL Global Union said employees jointed its Petrol-IS affiliate in 2015. This action followed a decision by the Turkish ministry of labour that Petrol-IS had the right to represent workers.
The union said the company appealed against the ministry’s decision in a local court, and lost. The Brussels-based business then took its appeal to a higher court.
Kemal Ozkan, IndustriALL’s assistant general secretary, visited the plant in Tuzla in December. He urged Recticel to respect trade union rights, and recognise Petrol-IS.
He also asked the company to withdraw from the legal processes. ‘They could never operate this way in Belgium,’ he said.
Meanwhile, two Belgian union groups, CSC-BIE and CG-FBTB, called on the company to ‘respect the basic rules of international law, as well as your own code of conduct’.
The company’s global ethics policy was updated in May 2018. Article 11 says that the company will recognise employees rights to join, or not join, a trade union. It encourages communications with employees and their representatives. It also supports the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the conventions and recommendations of the International Labour Organisation.
Additionally, Article 11 says ‘When the applicable law, the collective labour agreements and the Recticel Ethics policy specify diverging standards, the most stringent regulation will be applied.’
The company’s management declined to comment.