We attended the Congress of the Independent Education, Science and Culture Trade Union of North Macedonia

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Vice President of the Turkish Education Union Eğitim-Bir-Sen Atilla Olkum attended the 7th Ordinary General Assembly of the Independent Macedonian Education, Science and Culture Trade Union (SONK) which was held in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia.

In the speech that was delivered by Attila Olkum at the meeting attended by representatives of Albania, Kosovo, Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro, he said: “They attach importance to conducting joint action in the field of trade union work with SONK, which occupies an important position for Macedonia and sets a successful example for trade unions.”

Noting that Turkey was the first country that recognized Macedonia and as a nation in its constitutional name, Olkum said: "There have always been close relations and cooperation between Turkey and North Macedonia, which draw their strength from their common history and culture, and Turkey will continue to do so in the future. We as educational unions, realize how important it is to conduct joint works in both education and unions field. As unionists, we must work with the principle of 'strength with the group' and continue to stand together against labor exploitation."


Olcom emphasized that the problems of education workers are global and that they can be solved through common struggle, saying: "The problems faced by education workers all over the world are similar. We can fight together for our common problems and think and develop solutions jointly."

Jacques Nedelkov, who was re-elected President of SONK's Seventh Ordinary General Assembly, stated that the assembly that was held in these difficult circumstances, would have positive repercussions for Macedonian teachers and students, and said, “I would like to thank everyone who did not leave us alone on this special day. We attach great importance to international solidarity. We are very pleased with the development of relations with Turkey and Eğitim-Bir-Sen, we can sign on joint projects, so that we can exchange experiences."

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