TKP had announced that they would pay a “New Year’s visit” to the TUSİAD in İstanbul, and had prepared “gifts” for the bosses on the morning of December the 30th. In the afternoon of the same day TKP members and workers gathered in front of the headquarters of the largest association of the capitalists in the country, carrying banners and shouting the following slogans: “TUSİAD as the murderer!”, “TUSİAD as the robber!”, “Workers will call the capitalists to account!”, “We breathe down the bosses’ neck!”.
Following the slogans, TKP member and metal worker Aydaner Aktaş made a statement for the press. The statement of TKP briefly announced their dedication for taking everything the bosses have stolen from the people back.
See the full statement:
“We are the peasants whose nature has been despoiled. We are the farmers of whom living space has been despoiled and totally invaded. We are the workers living in hard conditions and we constitute the majority in this country.
While we are, as workers, creating the life itself, the buildings, and the wealth but living a hard life, the cases of TÜSİAD bosses are filled up day by day.
Thanks to the politicians they bought through the taxes we have been paying, they decide how to rob the people, where to despoil right in this building.
TÜSİAD bosses are the members of the exploitative and the parasitic class which fall in on this country.
TÜSİAD bosses are the murderers of millions of workers who lost their lives, miners murdered at mines, children left without a parent.
TÜSİAD bosses are the invisible hand behind the politics. It is the invisible hand that decides us how to live and in what conditions how much to earn, how to live. While the cases of them, who oppress us with force by the help of the politicians they bought, are getting filled up we cannot even make a living.
The year of 2022 has passed in very tough conditions for the workers. But the cases of these men are fully filled up with money through the wealth created by us.
While TÜSİAD bosses are folding their wealth in this country, there live the people who are collecting bread from garbage. They want these people to keep silent, they want us to accept this poverty, they want us to keep silent and accept whatever they say.
No such a way!
We, as the citizens of this country, are more important than their millions because there are millions of us, we are the people, and we do not deserve these living conditions. We will raise the struggle in 2023 for a country that we can live in humanely. We will call TÜSİAD bosses to account for the crimes committed against the citizens of this country. 2023 will be the year of struggle for us, for the communists, revolutionaries, workers.
We will call TÜSİAD bosses to account for what they have committed.
They have opened all the mines, the rivers, and each corner of the country to spoliation. They have oppressed the peasants defending their land and the workers struggle for their trade union. But this oppression cannot go on like this, it will not.
We do not want much. We are the workers creating all the wealth.
I am, as a metal worker, can leave the factory that I enter at 07.00 early in the morning, at 23.00 at night. And still cannot make a living in spite of this hard working. There is something weird here. No need for mathematical computing much.
We want a country that we can live in humanely. While a handful of people have countless wealth; our lives, the lives of the workers are in darkness.
This cannot be continued. The workers will get what they deserve from TÜSİAD bosses and from the government sooner or later.
In order for getting their rights, 2023 will be the year of struggle for the workers.
A fair person cannot accept that scene where that much injustice and cruelty are deemed proper for us. Fair people would join this struggle to raise it hand-in-hand, arm-in-arm. But we well know that the capitalist class, TÜSİAD and the AKP government supporting them have no moral compass. The only thing they care about is: The capital must be raised, the cases must be filled up. The people have died of hunger, the children have lost their father in mine accidents… Neither worry, nor sadness for them.
We will call TÜSİAD bosses to account for all of these, sooner or later. We will struggle for all our strength in order to turn this country of exploitation created by them into a livable country.
TÜSİAD get out, this country is ours!”
🚩TKP üzerine düşeni yapma kararlılığıyla yeni yıla giriyor.
Kimse umudunu yitirmesin! Bu ülkeyi, karanlığa, patronlara teslim etmeyecek, eşit ve özgür bir yaşamı kuracağız! #2023Yeniden #BöyleGitmez #yeniyilinizkutluolsun
💫Umudunu yitirme, #TKPyeKatılhttps://t.co/56hkgsPZUC pic.twitter.com/JHmm7LdYnu
— TKP (@tkpninsesi) December 30, 2022
While ending their action TKP members left their “New Year gifts”, which consisted of the criminal files of the bosses covering: the fatal industrial accidents; abuse of child labour; the list of privatizations; the figures showing the rising profits of the bosses and the rising cost of living for the workers; the data of the deadly incidents for migrant workers, at the door of TUSIAD.
On the same day, the workers from the Kadıköy Worker House of TKP posted “New Year’s Greeting “ cards to several company addresses in order to pass their messages for the coming year to the bosses.
See some of the “Greeting cards” below:
Yeni yılda daha az sömürü, daha az baskı, daha fazla laiklik, daha fazla boş zaman, daha fazla özgürlük istiyoruz. Size uyar mı? #böylegitmez #2023Yeniden @istanbul_tkp pic.twitter.com/62B8Dqc2DZ
— Kadıköy İşçi Evi (@IsciEvi) December 30, 2022
Dear Sanem Dikmen,
The sweat and struggle of ETF’s workers are the struggle of the working class of Turkey. We shall leave you with your dirty t-shirts and found a country which is swept clean. 2023 is going to be the year of the workers.
Dear Bülent Eczacıbaşı,
We know that you have stolen your wealth of $2.2 billions from workers. You cannot cover your exploitation with arts. Down with your stature. This year, you shall find your workers standing up to you more. Have a nice year 🙂
Dear Tuncay Özilhan,
What you have seized with your velvet gloves, we shall take back with our iron wrists.
This year we want less exploitation, less oppression, more secularism, more free time, more freedom. Does that suit you?