Alleged breach of employment and industrial relations in Turkey
Lead NCPUnited States
Supporting NCP(s)Turkey
DescriptionSpecific Instance between the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union and Birlesik Metal-Iscileri Sendikasi and Crown Holdings, Inc. for conduct in Canada and Turkey.
Theme(s)General policies, Employment and industrial relations
Date6 Nov 2014
Host country(ies)Turkey
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorManufacturing

Read the final statement of the specific instance issued by the US NCP on 24 December 2015.

On November 6, 2014, USW and Birleşik Metal-İŞ, both labour unions, submitted a request for review to the US NCP alleging non-observance of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (the Guidelines) by the subsidiaries of Crown Holdings, Inc. in Canada and Turkey.

The issues raised regarding the conduct of the Canadian subsidiary were resolved through external mediation.

The issues raised regarding the conduct of the Turkish subsidiary alleged the use of intimidation and other forms of interference with employees’ rights to organize.

The US NCP accepted the specific instance and offered mediation services to assist the parties to seek a mutually agreed upon resolution of issues.  Crown Holdings, Inc. rejected the offer of mediation due to resolution of a parallel judicial proceeding in their favour. 

The specific instance was concluded since a voluntary mediation process could not be established. In its final statement the US NCP provided recommendations and reiterated that simply complying with the law of a particular jurisdiction does not necessarily place a company in compliance with the Guidelines.