Turkey's unions call IMF, World Bank 'global bullies'

Turkey's major labour and trade unions rejected the IMF and World Bank invitation to attend the upcoming annual meetings in Istanbul.

Turkey's unions call IMF, World Bank 'global bullies'

Turkey's major labour and trade unions rejected the IMF and World Bank invitation to attend the upcoming annual meetings in Istanbul.

Chairman of Turkey's largest labour unions confederation, Turk-Is, Mustafa Kumlu justified the refusal to attend the annual meeting saying that the policies promoted and imposed by the IMF and the World Bank were against labourers and people with low income. He said the impositions of these bodies on governments for privatization, low salaries, minimum wages were well known.

Other major labour and trade unions like DISK, KESK, TMMOB and TTB refused the IMF-WB invitation with a joint decision.

Leaders of these unions sent a joint letter to IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and World Bank President Robert Zoellick.

The letter titled, "Give back what you took from us, and go back to where you came from" said, "Traffic flow is specially arranged for you, the hotels are fixing special menus for you, the city is cleaned for you and security measures are being reviewed exclusively for you. All to make you feel home. But the real owners of this country, us--labourers, the unemployed, the poor-- we did not invite you to our home, to our country. And because you are not our invited guests your presence in our country is not welcome, it is a sort of outrage."

The letter which regarded the IMF and World Bank as "global bullies" created in the 20th century said "the people of this country which you are an uninvited guest of, are well acquainted with your endless stability programmes, your privatizations plundering the public assets created with the hard work of labourers, and your so-called reforms pruning the social rights."

The unions which rebuffed IMF and WB for trying to find solutions to "the crisis of capitalism" as if they did not have any wrongdoing in it, accused them of trying to present the liberal polices they have been advocating for ages flavoured with cheap poverty talk as a solution to masses.

The unions referred to the remarks of Dominique Strauss-Kahn saying the cost of the crisis reached USD 1.4 billion and asked him "who is going to pay for the price of this crisis. The guests you invited to these meetings who represent the global capital or the people of the world: the average men who are loosing jobs and getting poorer by the day all round the world?"

The unions which blamed the IMF for the current crisis said, "Us, the peoples of this land, we don't want to pay for the crisis you have created, take your policies and go wherever you came from."


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