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2 workers at university café fired for taking photo with ‘no’ sign for referendum

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Two workers at a café at İzmir’s Katip Çelebi University were fired by their subcontractor employer after they shared a photo of them on social media taken next to a “No” sign for a referendum to be held on April 16.

In comments to the Bianet website, Zeynep Güler, one of the workers, said they learned of their dismissal in a phone call from their employer.

Güler, who had been working for the last three months in the café of İzmir Katip Çelebi University’s faculty of dentistry in a job arranged by the Turkish Employment Agency (İŞKUR), said they hadn’t put up the sign reading “University Says No to Presidency. There is Young Generation.”

She said they took a photo next to the sign and shared it on social media on Feb. 28. She added that they were fired on March 10.

Güler said: “An officer from the subcontractor phoned us and announced our discharge, saying: ‘You created a sign and shamelessly made a “V” for victory. There is nothing I can do about it; this is the decision of the university presidency’.”

She told Bianet that she would take legal action against subcontractor over the dismissal.

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