IZMIT, Turkey (Aug. 19, 2010) — The Turkish tire sector recently reached a collective labor agreement that “preserves gained rights and improvements to salaries and social benefits,” according to the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers´ Unions (ICEM).
The sector-wide agreement, which helped the industry avoid a strike, covers more than 4,000 members of the Lastik-Is union at four tire plants: Brisa Bridgestone Sabanci Lastik and Turk Pirelli Lastikleri A.S. in Izmit and Goodyear Lastikleri Turk A.S. in Izmit and Adapazari.
Previously, employers had been in dispute with the union over concessions on working conditions and wage grades, with possible strike action scheduled in June, before the agreement was reached.
“During tough and tensioned negotiations, our members showed a great deal of decisiveness in securing their gained rights, thus the agreement has resulted in preserving past achievements,” said Abdullah Karacan, president of Lastik-Is, the Turkish labor union representing the tire workers.
The new pact calls for wages and social benefits to be adjusted in line with the Turkish inflation rate, the ICEM said. At the same time, employers backed away from demands for concessions on working conditions, such as flexibility of working hours, holidays, extended temporary work and changing wage grades.