Thursday, 18 November 2010

Partners - Izmir Electronicians' Chamber

Izmir Electronicians Chamber is a public entrepreneurs’ association established according to the the Law nr. 5362 “Tradesmen and Artisans Occupational Institutions Law”. The Chamber, IRETO, was established in 1958, in Izmir. Its first name was Radio Repairmen Chamber. The Chamber is still going on activities with more than 1500 members after 52 years.

The chamber acts with the sense and responsibility of its mission in its last 4 year period to struggle against the unfair competitive methods of hypermarkets. The President and Board Members have made contacts and interviews with İzmir Union of Chambers of Tradesmen and Handicrafts, Turkish Tradesmen and Handicrafts Confederation, Turkish Electricians and Electronicians Federation and Turkish Ministry of Industry and Trade for this aim, because hypermarkets take place of the handicrafts and have dissolved more than 85 professions in recent decades.

The Social Security and General Health Insurance Law, was published and according to this Law, retired tradesmen and handicrafts who are still working had to pay approximately 200 Turkish liras for social security premium which is equal to % 33 of their salaries. The President of the Chamber Ali Üstün is a public opinion leader in Aegean Region who produced print media and TV programs on this subject.

The Chamber has undertaken interviews with opposite parliamentarians to defeat this Law at Constitution Court with the President of İzmir Union of Chambers of Tradesmen and Handicrafts, Mehmet Ali Susam. As a result of these activities, the Constitution Court recognized the claim of our Chambers and rejected this Law. All the tradesmen and handicrafts in İzmir and all over Turkey had an acquisition, so they wouldn’t pay 200 liras from their salaries.

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