|DIAM International and Birlesik Metal-Is in Turkey|
|Description||This specific instance concerns the alleged non-observance of the OECD Guidelines by DIAM International's Turkish subsidiary, DIAM Vitrin in Istanbul.|
|Theme(s)||Employment and industrial relations, General policies|
|Date||2 Aug 2017|
On 2 August 2017 the French NCP received a specific instance (“SI”) from by the Turkish trade union Birlesik Metal-Is (“the submitter”) targeting the DIAM INTERNATIONAL SAS Group (“DIAM Group”). The facts concerned the activities of its Turkish subsidiary Diam Vitrin Tasarim Hizmetleri Ambalaj San (“DIAM Vitrin”) in relation to a social conflict that allegedly started in DIAM Vitrin in Istanbul in May 2017 and resulted in the dismissal of a large number of workers. The submitter alleges violations by DIAM Group of nine recommendations in the OECD Guidelines regarding due diligence, human rights, workers’ freedom of association and collective bargaining.
The French NCP noted that the SI fulfilled admissibility criteria set out in its Bylaws and raised questions with respect to the OECD’s Guidelines effectiveness within the manufacturing sector. The French NCP also noted that the exact sequencing of underlying events of the social conflict could benefit from further clarifications by the parties during the good offices. The good offices of the French NCP began on 2 November 2017.