TIE- Netherlands participated in World Young Workers' Gathering 2009 İzmir - Seferihisar (28 June – 5 July 2009)

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From 28 June – 5 July the Centre for Social Research and Education (TAREM), together with different trade unions from Turkey, organised the “World Young Workers’ Gathering 2009 in İzmir – Seferihisar. TAREM tries to develop strong ties between trade union activists, workers and academia on national level and organizes seminars, national and international symposiums, panels, camps and foreign tours to bring together members of different Turkish trade unions and stimulate capacity building, exchange of experiences and networking (see www.tarem.org)

Workers from multinational companies operating in Turkey and shop stewards from various trade unions were the main participants of this camp. Besides, there was international participation from nine different countries (amongst others Germany, Argentine, Chili, and the Netherlands). There were around 300 participants.
The main aim of the gathering was to provide the young workers with a platform to discuss both the experiences of the trade union struggle in their countries and to build networks to support an international solidarity. This year the themes of the workshops and seminars focused on the effects of the economic crisis on (especially young) workers in multinational companies and how to build strategies and cooperation to fight these effects. In addition, cultural activities such as concerts, plays and movie screenings were organised together with sports activities.
In the framework of this camp, TIE-Netherlands facilitated the participation of 15 young workers from three Turkish trade unions (Birleşik-Metal İş/DİSK (Union Metal sector), Limter-İş/DİSK (Union Shipyard sector), Dev-Sağlık-İş/DİSK (Union Healthcare sector). Örsan Şenalp (expert connected to TIE-Netherlands) and Franny Parren (project coordinator) organised two workshops on the method “comparative mapping of production process”. The aim of this method is to promote the organization of workers at their working places and to stimulate strengthening of international solidarity. It departs from the idea that workers bring together their divided and compartmentalised knowledge over the production processes, so that they can identify what are common problems and what could be points for union action and alternatives taking account of the real interests of the workers. The method has been shaped in the 1980s by Brazilian trade unions and workers and transformed into an organising and action method within the multinational companies. As a method open to continuous development, Mapping of the Production Process has contributed to the efforts of workers from different countries and sectors who put forward successful actions and developed union democracy. The method later on has spread further and has been adopted to varying situations and realities. As a wide network of workers, labour organisations and unions from many countries, TIE strives to introduce and discuss the method with as many workers as possible. In the workshop TIE presented the background and philosophy of the method and some examples of best practices from around the world. The participants were challenged to think of ways the method can be used in their struggle and in their local realities.


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