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Prospect of Turkish Rescue of British Steel Raises Union Concerns

Steel News - Published on Fri, 18 Oct 2019

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The Guardian reported that Trade union officials and MPs have voiced fresh concerns about the prospect of British Steel being sold to the Turkish military pension fund. Ataer Holdings, owned by the Turkish army retirement fund Oyak. The Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle, who chairs a cross-party group on the Kurdish region of northern Syria, said “The Turkish military is committing war crimes in north-eastern Syria. It is wrong that they be enriched on the backs of the labor of Scunthorpe steelworkers.”

Trade unions have been wary of publicly voicing misgivings about Oyak, for fear of disrupting negotiations that could save members jobs. But union sources said behind the scenes they were seeking assurances about Oyak, which also jointly owns a Turkish car plant where striking workers were allegedly mistreated. Union officials have written a report for local shop stewards outlining ties between Oyak’s leadership and the army, as well as to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Union staff are also seeking assurances the Scunthorpe site will not be used to supply the Turkish military in future.

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Posted By : Amom Remju on Fri, 18 Oct 2019
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