Workers stage protest at Istanbul’s new airport ahead of opening

Workers stage protest at Istanbul’s new airport ahead of opening

Turkish officials have said they would meet the construction workers at Istanbul’s new airport after they staged a protest on Sept. 14.

Demirören News Agency reported that security forces fired tear gas at hundreds of workers who were protesting dangerous working conditions at the site as it prepares to open next month.

Kadri Samsunlu, CEO of IGA, the company that was founded to build Istanbul’s thirdairport, said in a statement after the protest that officials will meet the workers.

IGA’s statement said the workers were “aggrieved” because they had to wait under the rain on the morning of Sept. 14 as their shuttles arrived late to take them to the construction site.

Samsunlu “will meet the representatives of the workers and find ways to solve the issue,” the statement said, Hurriyet Daily News reports.

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