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Victory for workers: DESA & Deri Is union sign protocol
Sep '09
The Clean Clothes Campaign is delighted to announce the closure of a year-long campaign against the DESA leather factory in Turkey following a protocol agreement signed by DESA and the Deri Is union. We hope that this protocol will mark the beginning of a constructive relationship between the two parties and will ensure good management of the DESA factory and improved conditions and rights for workers.

The protocol states that:
- DESA will recognise Deri Is as the single authorised union at the factory
- DESA will not engage in any positive or negative attitude to employees in regard to the union
- DESA will reinstate 5 dismissed workers now and 1 more later on top of the 6 already reinstated. Other dismissed workers will be given first priority in any new hiring opportunities.
- All employees will be given a document stating that unionisation is a constitutional right.

Deri Is agreed to end the international campaign and positively support the factory in regaining its reputation and its customers.

We welcome this protocol and urge DESA buyers to stand behind this factory to ensure that DESA's decision to respect freedom of association is supported through increased orders and investment.

The Clean Clothes Campaign will maintain contact with the Deri Is union to monitor the implementation of the agreement and to receive regular updates on the work of the union. The early signs are positive that DESA intends to honour its agreement and build a better relationship with the union. We hope this develops into a proper system of industrial relations over the coming years.

Thank you to everyone who supported the campaign and to the DESA workers, who fought a long, hard fight in defence of workers' human rights. International solidarity was crucial in supporting the long and brave struggle of the women who stood up to claim their rights. We urge you to continue to take such action by asking your friends to join the CCC urgent appeals network and responding to future calls for support.

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