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Turkish Airlines Cancels Flights as Staff Calls In Sick
Turkish Airlines is the latest airline to be hit with staff calling in sick in protest. The airline has had to cancel flights while staff protests a draft law that would make it illegal for aviation workers to go on strike. According to Binali Yildirim, in addition to the absence of staff, Turkish Airlines’ website was hit by a cyber attack and is currently not working. Yildirim also said that 108 flights have been cancelled so far and that he will take steps to rectify the situation if it doesn’t get resolved soon
The head of the aviation union Hava-Is, general secretary Mustafa Yagci, said that while the current action is in response to the draft law, it isn’t an official strike, which the workers cannot take without going through a statutory process. He also said that many airline workers are too sick to be able to operate flights safely. A spokesperson for the airline, Ali Genc, said that the union has made an illegal call to strike and that the workers have answered the call. This is the cause for the flight disruptions.
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