PUTZMEISTER Makina San ve Tic. A.Ş and Turkish Metal Union (Türk Metal)
Lead NCPTurkey
Supporting NCP(s)Germany
DescriptionSpecific instance submitted by Turkish Metal Union (Türk Metal) concerning an alleged non-observance of the OECD Guidelines by PUTZMEISTER Makina San ve Tic. A.Ş
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations
Date29 May 2017
Host country(ies)Turkey
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorManufacturing

Read the initial statement issued by the Turkish NCP on 13 May 2019 - Turkish and English

Read the final statement issued by the Turkish NCP on 23 December 2019  - English 

On May 29 2017, the Turkish Metal Union (Türk Metal) submitted a specific instance to the Turkish NCP alleging that PUTZMEISTER Makina San ve Tic. A.Ş., a subsidiary of a German company specialised in concrete pumps manufacturing, had not observed the Employment and Industrial Relations (Chapter V) provisions of the OECD Guidelines. The issues regarded unfair dismissals linked to an anti-union campaign organised within the company. The trade unions further informed the NCP that 25 lawsuits were filed against the company. In their response, the company informed that the dismissals were related to the downsizing of the company for economic grounds and that they had compensated workers that were laid off and that had quit voluntarily.  

On May 13 2019, the Turkish NCP accepted the case for further examination and offered its good offices to the parties. While the trade union accepted the mediation offer, the company declined it namely because of the ongoing parallel legal proceedings.

As a result, the Turkish NCP decided to conclude the case and published its final statement on 23 December 2019. The NCP further noted that it would follow up after six months to inquire about the results from the legal proceedings.