Ford the latest hit in Turkish auto workers’ strikes

Two factories belonging to Ford halted the operations, joining Renault’s and Fiat’s

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Ford Otosan, a joint venture of Turkey's biggest company Koc Holding and Ford, became the latest factory to halt its operations in the wave of the Turkish automobile industry’s workers’ strikes.

The company in the stock market said the factory suspended its production due to the strikes. Spare parts manufacturers also stopped production. Almost 20 thousand laborers demand a raise in their salaries in line with a recent collective agreement with Bosch and the abolishment of the Turkish Metal Industries Union (MESS).

“We don’t want MESS in our factories,” Hakan Comert, a spokesman and a Ford factory worker said.

“We want to elect our own representative and have a direct say in all steps.”

Koc Holding, top industrial conglomerate in Turkey, operates in energy, consumer durables and finance in addition to automotives. The company employs around 90,000 people and has five companies listed among the top ten biggest companies in Turkey.

“This makes production impossible in the Golcuk and Yenikoy factories,” statement from From Otosan said.

The strikes began on Thursday in the Oyak Renault factory in Bursa, and spread to Tofas-Fiat factories as well as suppliers such as Coskunoz and Mako.

MESS claimed that the strikes, walkouts, not-abandoning factories reached “unbearable limits” and argued that this will harm the “workforce” as well as employers, in a written statement.

“We are concerned that the events would cause deeper losses in the plants.”

TRTWorld and agencies