Kemal Türkler

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Kemal Türkler
President of Leader of the Workers Party of Turkey
In office
13 February 1967 – 27 December 1977
Personal details
Born 1926
Denizli, Turkey
Died July 22, 1980(1980-07-22) (aged 54)
Istanbul, Turkey

Kemal Türkler (1926 Denizli – 22 July 1980 İstanbul) was a Turkish socialist trade union leader. He was founder and first president of Confederation of Revolutionary Trade Unions of Turkey (Türkiye Devrimci İşçi Sendikaları Konfederasyonu, DISK), and also one of the founders of the Workers Party of Turkey (Türkiye İşçi Partisi, TİP) in 1963.

He worked as a metal worker for a long time. He became president of Turkey's Metal Workers' Union (Türkiye Maden-Iş). He was a leading figure of the democratic trade union movement in Turkey.

Kemal Türkler was assassinated on 22 July 1980 in front of his home in Merter, İstanbul by ultra-nationalist MHP militants.[1]

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  1. ^ News X (in Turkish)
Party political offices
Preceded by
Avni Erakalın
Leader of the Workers Party of Turkey (TİP)
Succeeded by
Mehmet Ali Aybar