Turkish tire factory workers occupy plant after unexpected job cuts

Hurriyet Daily News Online
18 Aralık 2008 - 13:42Son Güncelleme : 18 Aralık 2008 - 17:11

Some 1,000 workers at Brisa, the Turkish subsidiary of Japanese tire maker Bridgestone, barricaded themselves inside the factory to protest the unexpected announcement of more than 30 job cuts, Dogan News Agency reported on Thursday. (UPDATE)

The workers occupied the factory of Brisa Bridgestone Sabanci Tire Industries in the city of Izmit, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Istanbul after the factory laid off around 30 workers.


Turkey's leading industrial conglomerate Sabanci Group, owns 43 percent of Brisa, country's leading tire producer, as does the Bridgestone Corporation, with the remainder of the company held in public shares.


Brisa announced Thursday that it had terminated contracts of 32 workers at the plant due to falling sales figures stemming from declining demand. The workers have halted production at the plant, the company also announced


Executives of the Tire Labor Union joined the protest, the DHA said.




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