In the work of the 14 Congress of HAK-IS participated by the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The President of Turkey welcomed the participants of the Congress noting that this year the trade Union Association HAK-IS turned 43 years old and since the very first year HAK-IS protects the rights of workers in Turkey.
“HAK-IS has always stood for the protection of workers’ rights, I am proud of you and we are all proud of you. I believe that HAK-IS will continue this work, we have goals that we will achieve together. Dear friends, protecting the rights of workers is not just a word — it is a big struggle, I know it, because I worked as the mayor of Istanbul and Prime Minister of Turkey — the problems of workers are known to me firsthand.”— said the President of Turkey.
In addition, Recep Tayyip Erdogan noted that despite international pressure, Turkey shows economic growth and sustainable development in recent years, becoming the 13th economy in the world. Currently, the government together with business plans to open additional 2.3 million jobs in Turkey.
“We have made a big step forward and we hope to achieve even greater goals in the future,” Erdogan said. In addition, the President of Turkey expressed concern about the pressure on trade Union leaders in the regions where the elections were won by the opposition, noting that it is unacceptable to prosecute workers and Union members for their political beliefs.
In conclusion, Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked the participants of the Congress and took part in a collective photo session.