Tire Business staff report
Turkey - More than 4 000 workers at Bridgestone Corp., Pirelli Tyre
S.p.A. and Goodyear tyre factories in Turkey went on strike 31 May
after the workers rejected the tyre makers' latest contract offer,
according to the international chemical workers union, ICEM.
two sides have been negotiating a new agreement since September 2007,
according to Lastik-Is, the Turkish labour union representing the
workers. The latest offer, terms of which were not disclosed, was
rejected by 80 percent of the workers voting, Lastik-Is said.
union is seeking a 12-percent wage increase for the first six-month
period of a two-year labour agreement, and the Turkish rate of
inflation for each six-month period thereafter, the union groups
said. The tyre companies are resisting inflation-rate payments for
the three six-month periods, Lastik-Is said, and the two sides differ
on various social payments customary in Turkish work schemes.
two sides already have agreed on all other agenda items in the
59-article labour contract, Lastik-Is said.
decision to strike was taken by workers, and I believe we shall
overcome the employers' intransigence,â€ said Lastik-Is President
Abdullah Karacan in a prepared statement provided by the ICEM. â€œThe
salary offer made by employers is far from meeting the work performed
by tire workers. Our decisiveness for gaining our demands is
workers are striking the Izmit plants of Bridgestone Brisa Sabanci,
Pirelli and Goodyear as well as Goodyear's second plant in