NEWS 828 refugees including 73 minors killed in Turkey’s industrial accidents in last decade: İSİG

828 refugees including 73 minors killed in Turkey's industrial accidents in last decade: İSİG

According to a report by Health and Safety Labor Watch (İSİG), between 2013 and 2022, a total of 828 refugees died in work-related accidents in Turkey, including 73 minors.

The majority of occupational accidents occurred in Turkey’s agriculture and forestry sector, accounting for 29 percent of the total, followed by construction and transport at 25 percent, the report said.

The report said 73 minors and 72 women were among the refugees who died from work-related injuries in the past decade.

Turkey is classified as a country that “fails to guarantee labor rights,” meaning that while a country’s legislation may spell out certain rights, workers do not actually have access to them, making them vulnerable to authoritarian regimes and unfair labor practices . In May 2014, an explosion in the Soma district of Manisa killed 301 miners in the worst industrial accident in the country’s history.

In a July 2021 report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Turkey was ranked among the 10 worst countries in the world for labor rights out of 149.

Since the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002, 29,801 people have died in industrial accidents in Turkey, according to a İSİG report released in November.

İSİG started recording the number of workers who died in occupational accidents in 2011. The platform has also documented the number of workers who have died due to lack of job safety over the past few years, in addition to campaigning for stricter measures to maintain workplace safety.

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