ISTANBUL (Reuters) -- Production resumed at the Turkish operations of Ford and Fiat today after a labor dispute disrupted output for just over a week.
Ford Ottoman, the automaker’s Turkish arm, said operations had restarted at its Gluck and Yenikoy plants in the northwest of the country.
Tofas, a joint venture between Fiat and Koc Holding, said its production had restarted, adding it had no problems in getting parts from suppliers.
But assembly lines remained stalled at Renault's local operation, Oyak Renault. The plant is a joint venture between Renault and the Turkish army pension fund.
The dispute over working conditions and pay started late last week at car factories in the northwest city of Bursa and spread to a number of parts suppliers in the area, where Turkey's auto industry is centered.
Renault said yesterday it might reconsider investment in Turkey if the labor dispute brings instability.
Workers said the dispute was sparked after union Turk Metal last month negotiated a 60 percent wage hike for workers at a plant run by parts maker Bosch Fren, but failed to secure a similar deal elsewhere.
The protests highlight what critics call one of the contradictions of Turkey's economic progress - that years of rapid growth have not been accompanied by a significant improvement in working conditions.
Around 40 percent of Turkish employees work 50 or more hours a week, the highest among the more than 30 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).