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French car maker Renault may reconsider investment in Turkey amid strike

Ozan Kose, AFP | Workers gather at Renault’s factory in Bursa, the centre of Turkey’s car industry, during a strike on May 21

Renault could reconsider investment in Turkey after a labor dispute has stopped production at its Turkish joint venture Oyak Renault, the French car maker’s head of Eurasia said on May 21, as quoted by Reuters.


Renault’s Jean Christophe Kugler told reporters Turkey was a high-potential market which Renault had bet on for the long term and the dispute was a threat not only to Turkey, a major automotive parts producer, but also to the global industry.

Tofaş and Ford unit Ford Otosan as well as Oyak Renault have all halted their output because of a widening labor dispute in the country. The industrial action over working conditions and pay has spread to a number of parts suppliers clustered around the northwestern city of Bursa, the hub of the Turkish auto industry.

Only employees at Tofaş and auto part maker Coşkunöz in Bursa returned to work on May 21 after talks between workers and management, as the labor protests continued in others, which have a significant share of Turkey’s annual vehicle production.

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