Viessmann and the trade union Türk Metal Sendikası
Lead NCPTurkey
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the trade union Türk Metal Sendikası regarding the activities of Viessmann, a German multinational enterprise operating in Turkey.
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations
Date10 Nov 2014
Host country(ies)Turkey
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorManufacturing
StatusConcluded
Summary

Read the final statement (Turkish) issued by the Turkish NCP – 2 November 2016


On 10 November 2014 the Turkish NCP received a submission from the trade union Türk Metal Sendikası alleging that Viessmann, a German multinational manufacturing enterprise operating in Turkey had not observed the employment and industrial relations provisions of the Guidelines. The allegations referred to employees’ rights to freely engage in trade union activity.

The NCP started the initial assessment, and following consultations with relevant authorities decided that the request merited further consideration. At the same time, the issue was the subject of ongoing legal parallel proceedings. The local court decided in favour of reinstatement of workers in April 2016. On 10 November 2014 the Turkish NCP received a submission from a trade union alleging that a German multinational manufacturing enterprise operating in Turkey had not observed the employment and industrial relations provisions of the Guidelines. The allegations referred to employees’ rights to freely engage in trade union activity.

Following the initial assessment phase, the Turkish NCP offered its good offices by proposing to hold joint meetings and mediation between the parties. In a letter to the NCP dated 11 August 2016, the company representatives informed the NCP that the company did not wish to participate in the joint meetings. The letter also stated that the representatives believed the complaint was unfounded and the OECD Guidelines had not been violated during their activities in Turkey.
On these grounds, the Turkish NCP concluded the specific instance and issued a final statement (Turkish) on 2 November 2016.