Tensions continued to rise on Friday as workers at the Renault factory in Bursa protested their low salaries and opposed a collective labor agreement signed between the Turkey Association of Metal Industries (MESS) and the Metal Workers Trade Union of Turkey.
An employee representative of the Metal Industrialists Union MESS announced on Thursday that contracts signed by the group do not provide for additional rights. Therefore, workers should not have any expectations, nor should they instigate provocations and disrupt the operation their workplaces, said MESS.
More than 1,500 workers stopped production activities during their Midnight shift on Thursday and refused to return to operate the factory until action was taken.
The management requested a 15 day period to re-consider wages and called off the termination of workers.
The Renault workers were particularly angered by the deal the Metal Workers Trade Union made with Bosch in April which entitled their workers to receive a pay rise.
A similar protest was seen at Bursa’s Tofas automobile factory recently where workers gathered together to protest against the Turkish Metal Union.
Over the last few weeks, many members of the Metal Workers Trade Union have resigned.