ISTANBUL (Reuters) -- Renault’s Turkish unit Oyak Renault says it resumed normal production on Wednesday at its plant in the northwest city of Bursa after employees ended a protest and went back to work.
Employees at the company, a joint venture between Renault and Turkey's army pension fund Oyak, halted output on May 15 and the protest action spread to other automakers including Tofas, a joint venture between Fiat and Koc Holding, and Ford Motor’s local unit, Ford Otosan. Ford and Fiat have since restarted production.
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).
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report