Management surrounded the factory with wire mesh to prevent any demonstrations. Workers are banned from using use their mobile phones, cutting off their communication with other workers.

Although the Turkish constitution rules that “workers have the right to form and join a union of their choice, and no one should be forced to withdraw from membership”, the reality is very different.

Earlier this year, company management proposed to provide shelters for workers to sleep in, to save time on transport. Dormitories in the workplace is a well-known concept for workers in Turkey.

IndustriALL assistant general secretary Kemal Özkan says:

“It is wholly unacceptable to treat workers like this in the 21st century with low wages, bad working conditions and union busting union. We urge Salcomp to immediately reinstate the dismissed union members and engage in good faith negotiations with Türk Metal, and we urge Xiaomi to assume its responsibilities and put an end to the exploitation.

“Chinese companies must learn to treat workers with dignity.”

Xiaomi is a multinational electronics company founded in April 2010 and headquartered in Beijing. Xiaomi makes a wide range of electronics products, such as smartphones, laptops, home appliances, and consumer electronics.

Re-posted from here.