The third Labour Friends Award Ceremony was organised in the context of our union’s 55th anniversary. It was held in Anadolu Hotels Esenboğa Thermal on Saturday, March 6, 2020.
During the ceremony, awards were presented to the labor-friendly academicians contributed to the activities of our union, Türk Metal and to the journalists and TV broadcasters who carried our union's activities to their pages and screens.
President Pevrul Kavlak made the opening speech of the ceremony and started his address by greeting and thanking the journalists, TV broadcasters, academics and trade unionists from abroad for their contribution to the working class despite various pressures. Once again he also emphasized how difficult was the CBA process conducted with MESS for 2019-2021 term. Then he stated despite all the difficulties, for the first time in this country, 17% increase in hourly wages has been achieved out of desired 20% and that’s the victory of Turk Metal family and also he emphasized that it was such an empowerment for all the working people in the country.
After Kavlak’s speech, the award ceremony was started. Academicians participated to the Labor Friends Award Ceremony were, Dr. Serpil Aytaç and Prof. Dr. Fevzi Demir; journalists were, Olcay Büyüktaş Akça, Ahmet Çelik, Ahmet Emin Yılmaz, Namık Göz, Halil Ataş; Merdan Yanardağ, Serdar Kuter, İlker Karagöz, Ahmet Ergen, Seda Akyüz, Kübra Ulutaş, Erdinç Karakaş; an Italian Union Expert, Gianni Alioti, Anatoli Kubrachenko and Hüseyin Ekmekçioğlu, senior lawyer from TURK-İŞ have received their awards on behalf of metal workers for their support to our activities.
TÜRK-İŞ President, Ergün Atalay, TİSK and MESS Chairman Özgür Burak Akkol, Haber-İŞ President , Veli Solak, President of Basın-İş , Savaş Nigar, General Maden -İş President Hakan Yeşil, Tarım-İş President İlhami Polat, Denizciler Union President İrfan Mete, Güvenlik-İş President Ömer Çağırıcı, Hür-İş President Ahmet Serdaroğlu, Our Vice-President Yusuf Ziya Odabaş, Uysal Altundağ, Halil Faki Erdal, Our General Financial Secretary Murat Salar, Our General Secretary Taliphan Kıymaz, Turkish Metal Research and Education Center President Dr. Naci Önsal, invited guests and more than 1000 Women Workers attended to 25th Women’s Grand Assembly.