Changes in Unionism Policy in Turkey: Unions and Politics

By Ahmed Baran Dural and Üner Ertem.

Published by The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies

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Turkish unionism contained the basic features of guardianship democratic structure until the 1990s when it boomed with demand for real democracy. A democratic unionship style was adopted that was free of active political powers of the country and outside their domain, and even influencing them and carrying out a more efficient and productive struggle for rights. Beginning in 1989, the Turkish worker movement found the chance to solve its ages long problems by organizing inside real democracy. The striking features of worker movement between 1983 - 1995 were its mobility from the bottom to the top, richness in new sorts of action, and clearance of pre-1980 ideological remnants. Unionship concept went under a radical change of mind due to the signs of need for reorganization coming from worker base, coupled with anti-revolutionist culture generated by September 12. Those years passed between the unionship approach, which was the product of guardianship and working class and strenghtening inclination of civilian opposition demanding for more democracy.

Keywords: Turkey, Liberal Democracy, Unions, Institutions, Working Class

The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, Volume 10, Issue 3, 2012, pp.9-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 352.010KB).

Dr. Ahmed Baran Dural

Associate Profesor, Economics and Administrative Sciences Faculty, Public Administration Department, TC Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey

Dr. A. Baran Dural is an associate professor. He has a doctorate degree on the history of new era Turkish politics and gives lectures at Trakya University's Public Administration Department. Heading the Political and Social Sciences Discipline, he has published several books and many articles on Ataturk and some aspects of the Turkish modernization process.

Üner Ertem

Lecturer, Ipsala Vocational High School, TC Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey

Üner Ertem is a lecturer at TC Trakya University, Ipsala Vocational High School. He graduated from Mersin University's Public Administration Department. He finished his Master’s degree at TC Trakya University's Public Administration Department. He works on labor contradictions and unionist politics.