Appeal to the members of the Retunsee network for solidarity assistance to colleagues in Turkey

Dear colleagues and friends in RETUNSEE Network,

Every time when I have to write about the problems of our members, I have a problem with it. But when I have to write about tragedies, the matter is even more difficult, sadder.

The tragedy that befell our friends in Turkey and Syria is beyond the ability of any of us to think objectively; the sadness and pain that accompanies us while watching the news from the devastated areas are terrible. It is difficult for us to see problems of such enormous dimensions, to follow the numbers of victims, to see the sadness of those who lost their dearest ones and left without the basic things for living.

Frost and winter only make the situation worse.

We have been in constant contact with our colleagues from Turkey since the first hours of the tragedy, and we are thinking together about the way to help, which type would be the best and fastest. After all possible considerations, the RETUNSEE Network Presidium team made the decision to collect financial resources on our account in Greece and send the collected money, together with the list of donors, to our colleagues in the PETROL IS Trade Union. They will direct the collected help to those members of their union who need it the most.
Our countries are already involved in aid activities, collecting aid and providing technical support to rescuers, many of us are also active in the work of humanitarian organizations in their environments.

Dear colleagues, it is up to us as a Network to help according to our capabilities. The Presidium of the Network made decision to donate 2000€ from the joint account. I am kindly asking you that your trade union organizations also donate to our account by 22. February 2023 with the note “SOLIDARITY FOR TURKEY 2023” and to inform our office in Athens about this transaction at the address

Details for donation are in the document below: