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A yearbook with a warning: Workplace Murders Almanac

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There’s an almanac on my desk that makes me ponder and very sad every year. It is an inventory that generates pain. It is the list of those who have lost their lives on the job over the past year.

It is the list of workers who have died and left their loved ones in pain. How they have died and the inadequacy of the measures taken to prevent these deaths are listed in the almanac. There are mothers, fathers, spouses, brothers and sisters and children of the deceased, all in tears.

The almanac I was reading is the “İş Cinayetleri Almanağı 2016” (Workplace Murders Almanac 2016).

There is a dedication at the beginning of the book: “This is dedicated to the workers who lost their lives at workplace murders, to lawyer Kamil Kirman who died in 2009, who was one of the lawyers in the Davutpaşa case where an explosion killed 21 workers and injured 117, and to the designer of our almanac, our brother at the Support Group for Those In Search of Justice,........

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