ISTANBUL (Reuters) -- Production at Renault's plant in Turkey has been halted since midnight on Thursday due to a protest by workers, a company spokesman said.
Workers are protesting over employment conditions, Dogan news agency reported. Thousands of employees at the plant refused to start the midnight shift, the agency reported, adding that about 400 vehicles are manufactured in a single shift.
A union official told Reuters that the action amounted to a protest but a strike had not been declared.
A spokesman for Oyak Renault, Turkey's market leader in car sales and exports, declined to provide detail on the production situation but said the halt in output was "not in line with employment laws and relevant regulations."
Efforts to resolve the issue with some 2,500 protesting workers outside and inside the plant in the northwestern city of Bursa were still going on, the spokesman said.
The factory builds the Clio and Symbol subcompact cars and Megane and Fluence compact models, according to Automotive News Europe's Guide to European Assembly Plants.