19 November 2012
French and Korean trade unions have sent a letter to Renaultís global management warning the company to respect labor rights after incidents last week at its facility in the northwestern province of Bursa, daily Radikal reported.
The French automakerís production was halted at the Bursa plant due to a walk-out staged by workers during a night shift last week, according to Doūan news agency. The workers, who accused the management of Turk Metal, the union entitled to collective bargaining at Renaultís Bursa plant, of collaborating with the employer, staged a sit-in outside the management building and called for the leadersí resignation. Renault management in Turkey fired 23 workers following the protests.
CGT Metal, one of Franceís largest trade unions and active at Renaultís plant in France, demanded the management rehire the fired workers in its letter addressing Renault Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn and General Manager Carlos Tavares.
Turk Metal is not chosen freely by the workers, CGT Metal claimed. The Turkish workers took action to make their demands heard, which the current trade union, favored by the plant management, fails to do. This was an incontestable right for the workers and any counter action is the violation of both ďthe Renault Fundamental Rights DeclarationĒ and the International Labor Organization, the CGT said.
KMWU of South Korea, the union at Renaultís plant in the country, also issued a protest against Renault regarding the Bursa incidents. The South Korean trade union also called on Renault to rehire the fired workers at the Bursa plant and respect the workersí right to choose their union freely and bring an end to the oppression of the workers there.
Renault is in a partnership in Turkey with Oyak (Armed Forces Pension Fund). A total of 6,000 workers are employed at the Bursa plant working three shifts a day. Oyak-Renault was founded in 1969.