History of DİSK: A chapter in labour history of Turkey

The history of labour unions in Turkey dates back to 1947, when the one-party period had just been over. With the Law on Unions passed and enacted by the Parliament on February 20, 1947, employers and workers were, for the first time, granted the right to unionize in Turkey. On February 13, 1967, 15 years after the Confederation of Turkish Trade Unions (TÜRK-İŞ) emerged as “the first nationwide union organization”, the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DİSK) was founded as an “independent and democratic class-based organization.” As pointed out by Oya Baydar in her 1998 book, the notions of “class”…