Ford Otosan suspends production due to widening strikes in Turkey

KOCAELI: Ford Otosan announced on Wednesday that production at two plants in the western province of Kocaeli was halted temporarily due to strike by 600 workers as part of widening strikes in Turkey.

Workers from Golcuk and Yenikoy plants gathered in front of the factories in the morning and demanded raise in salaries, abolishment of the Turkish Metal Industries Employers’ Association. The workers said they will continue their strike even if Ford resumes production.

The labor dispute started last Thursday at Turkey’s largest car factory, a plant in the western province of Bursa run by Oyak Renault. As of Wednesday, production is halted in six plants in total across the country.