30-31 March 2020

Trabzon, Turkey


Dear Comrades and Friends,

Fraternal Greetings!

I am pleased to inform you that together with Yol-İş, BWI has found recourses to organise an additional non-statutory high-level thematic seminar for a select group of the political leadership of our Pan-European affiliates.  This meeting will be held in Turkey and hosted by our affiliate Yol-iş. There has been a request need to convene this meeting because the union movement in Pan-Europe is facing multi-faced and faceted attacks from (mainly) populistic and/or Neo-liberal governments aiming to limit the freedom of association and the effective recognizing of the right to collective bargaining. Whether it is by stimulating uncontrolled labour migration or by downright labour law reforms as we have recently witnessed in the Ukraine.

This event offers us a great opportunity to show our support and solidarity to our affiliates under attack and to device a common and consolidated approach and trade union strategy to countermand these attacks and defend workers’ rights and trade union rights.

On behalf of the BWI Pan European Presidium and Yol-İş, I am pleased to invite you to this event.  

The event will take place at:

Yol-Iş Holiday Hotel Trabzon


Carsi Mah. Uzun Sk. No: 84 61100 Trabzon


+90 462 400 61 44


The event will start 30 March at 14.00 hrs. and ends at 31 March at 16.30 hrs.

Please register online until 10 March 2020 by visiting the link on left sided menu.

A confirmation letter of your participation will only be sent to you when your online registration is completed.  Please take note that we would be happy to assist your accommodation in Trabzon based on the information you provide in the registration form.

Turkey Visa Application

Participants from several EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Netherlands and UK) need to apply for visa. While other Pan-European countries citizens can visit Turkey without applying for visa.

The application should be made via visiting the website of Electronic Visa Application System -  (you can change language). Once you have finalised your application and paid visa fee online, you will receive your visa in PDF format, which you should print and show to the border officer. 

Additional documents and events agenda

Additional documents as the meetings’ agenda and background papers will be sent in March 2020.

I look forward to welcoming you in Trabzon,Turkey.

Yours in Solidarity,                                         


Coen van der Veer

Regional secretary



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