Renault and Tofas layoff production

Administrators halt production till Monday amid protests at Turkish car manufacturing plants

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

French carmaker Renault including Tofas, a joint venture between Italy's Fiat and Turkey's Koc Holding, stopped the assembly line at the factory based in Bursa as labourers protested low wages and collective labor agreements. Upon this movement, factory authorities announced production will be dismissed till Monday. 

Turkey’s automotive industry rose by 57 percent within the first four months of this year. However, representatives of the sector announced that disagreements between labourers and the Metal Workers Trade Union of Turkey could cause severe flaws in the industry. 

A collective labor deal signed with Bosch-another member of the Metal Workers Trade Union resulted in a pay rise for 191 Bosch labourers. This in turn attracted the fury of twenty thousand workers who have been working on a low salary. 

In a similar fashion, workers at the automotive supply industry also began protesting since Thursday. 

TRTWorld and agencies