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The NASUWT has been providing assistance to the Turkish teachers union Egitim Sen as senior members of the union have had to flee repression in Turkey.
Thousands of members of the union continue to be made unemployed or imprisoned by the regime of President Erdogan.
The NASUWT believes the regime is attempting to dismantle the trade union and civil and political rights movement in the country.
Senior members of Egitim Sen have fled Turkey and are now living in Germany as refugees and are being supported by the German teachers’ union GEW. Senior members of the Turkish public sector trade union confederation KESK have also had to flee the country.
The deteriorating situation was raised by the NASUWT during an emergency debate at the TUC Congress in September.
Ex-President Kathy Wallis said: “Teachers are being denied the right to organise freely in independent and democratic trade unions, free from political interference. There have been  unacceptable and unjustified attacks against our sisters and brothers in Egitim Sen.
“The NASUWT is outraged by these attacks on teachers and those who have devoted their lives to civil rights, democracy and building a just and fair society.
“We are outraged by actions that have led to many thousands of teachers being summarily dismissed, suspended or arbitrarily arrested and ordered to appear before court hearings falsely accused as terrorists and of actions against the state, thus losing their right to work and their livelihoods.”
Despite these continued attacks, Egitim Sen has remained steadfast and determined to continue to work to secure trade union rights and freedoms, Ms Wallis said.
But she warned that every day their work was being made harder as they faced continued attacks.
She added: “The NASUWT is demanding the Turkish Government cease their repressive actions against teachers and guarantee quality education for all. But the UK Government needs to act.  Ignoring human rights abuses in Turkey and allying our government with the repressive Turkish Government purely because we need post Brexit allies is not and cannot ever be the basis for the future of our economy.”
 

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