Trade union members more generally have also been heavily targeted by the government.
Our sister trade union in Turkey (Egitim-Sen) has seen over 1500 of its members
dismissed and, in total, more than 100,000 public servants in Turkey have been
dismissed or suspended by emergency decree. In the words of Amnesty International,
‘Cutting 100,000 people off from access to work is akin to professional annihilation on a
In addition to the mass firings of public sector workers, fifteen private universities have
been closed and hundreds of academics and students detained in the crackdown.