Strike at carmakers hits 2nd Ford plant

Six hundred workers at Ford Otosan, a joint venture between Ford and Turkeyand’s Koandc Holding, refused to work in Eskiiehir province early on Monday, following suit with fellow employees at the carmakerand’s Kocaeli plant.
Mondayand’s unrest at the second Ford plant rejuvenates one of the largest strikes in Turkeyand’s car industry in two decades, which began two weeks ago. Problems at Fordand’s Kocaeli plant continued for the sixth consecutive day on Monday.
The labor dispute started on May 14 at Turkeyand’s largest car factory, run by Oyak Renault, a joint venture between Franceand’s Renault and the Turkish army pension fund. Later that week it spread to Tofai, which has halted production but says it does not expect sales to be affected. Tofai workers agreed to resume work after they said their demands were met.
Workers at the Turkish arm of French carmaker Renault, however, turned down company concessions, including a cash lump sum, on Sunday.
Problems at Renault marked their 12th day on Monday. Renault and Ford produce a large number of their vehicles in Turkey.
It was not clear whether Ford Eskiiehir employees would get back to work on Monday. Workers said they will maintain their strikes and”in solidarity with other colleagues.and”
The industrial action over working conditions and pay has spread to a number of parts suppliers clustered around the northwestern city of Bursa, the hub of the Turkish auto industry.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman