Fiat, Renault production in Turkey halted by protests
ISTANBUL (Reuters) -- Generation in the Turkish factories of Renault and Fiat quit as employees protested wages and other employment circumstances, business officials and media reports stated.
Generation at Renault's plant in Turkey stopped at mid night on Thursday. "This arrest in end product isn't in line with employment laws and related regulations," a Renault spokesman stated. Attempts were under way to solve the standoff with the 2,500 protesting employees inside and outside the plant in the north-western town of Bursa, he stated.
Oyak Renault, a joint-venture with Turkey's military pension fund Oyak, made around 318,000 automobiles last year, according to business organization amounts. Dogan News Agency reported that around 400 automobiles are produced in the plant within a shift.
The manufacturing plant assembles the Clio and Image sub-compact vehicles and Megane and Fluence compact versions, according to Automotive News Europe's Information to European Assembly Plants.
On Friday, employees at Tofas, a joint-venture between Fiat and Turkey's Koc Holding, staged a demonstration, ceasing the assembly-line, CNN Turk television noted. Some 5,000 individuals work on Tofas' Bursa plant, the station said, adding that negotiations between employees and management were continuing.
No one at Tofas was instantly open to comment.
Tofas constructs the Fiat Linea, Doblo and Fiorino versions as well as the Citroen Nemo, Peugeot Bipper and Opel/Vauxhall Combo. It made 240,000 models in 2013, according to its web site
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