Stop the robbery! For the rights of the citizens, not the profit of the bosses!
We have been impoverished for months. Every basic need, from bread to water, electricity to transportation is extremely expensive.
Those who are the voice of the AKP government shamelessly talk about saving, eating less, not going out unless necessary, and spending the whole winter in our homes, if possible.
In December alone, a workers’ confederation announced a 25% rise in essential food product prices. So our food shrank by a quarter in December, when there was supposedly a “record increase” in the minimum wage and the Turkish lira appreciated by 18 percent in one night against the US dollar.
And on the first day of 2022, another price rise was reported in the news. We entered the new year with the news that there was an average of 75% increase in electricity consumption in residences. Then again, the AKP’s voices began to tell us that it was not a raise, but a great sacrifice made by the government for the people. According to them, the price of electricity was much higher, but the AKP government gave a lot of money from the state budget in order not to reflect this increase on private companies in the electricity distribution business. Electricity distribution companies preserved their profits, but we, the workers, survived the price increase in electricity, “only” with a 75 percent increase.
The AKP government we are talking about is a government that has sold more state property and wealth of the country to local and foreign capitalists in the past 20 years than before. It is the government that handed over the essential rights of citizens such as electricity, water, heating, and transportation into the hands of the bosses as a source of income. It is the government that represents the plundering order, telling the bosses “the country is yours with whatever you can loot” and the workers “if you don’t have money, you don’t have the right to live.”
Sabancı, Cengiz, Limak, Kolin, and the other biggest capitalist groups, which have seized electricity distribution companies and made enormous profits, once again express how pleased they are with the AKP government. We, the workers, on the other hand, have already started to calculate how we can get through this cold by lowering the heat and electricity in January.
This needs to change! Electricity production and distribution must be carried out by the state and the use of electricity must be declared as a fundamental right for every citizen.
This needs to change and the plundering of the wealth and resources of the country must be stopped.
This needs to change and the use of electricity, which must be the fundamental right of citizens, should not be a source of profit for the bosses.
Electricity production and distribution enterprises must be nationalized!
Lighting, heating, and water are basic rights and cannot be sold!
Communist Party of Turkey