Terrorism probe launched against striking car-maker firm workers in Turkey
Mesut Hasan Benli - BURSA
AFP PhotoA prosecutor in Turkey’s northwestern province of Bursa, the heart of the country’s automotive sector, has launched a probe into the sector’s striking workers, accusing them of supporting a terrorist organization.
Some of the workers who took part in a chain of strikes, which were triggered by walkouts in Renault and Fiat and spread to parts makers and Ford plants in other cities beginning on May 15, were questioned at the Counter Terrorism branch of the Bursa police last week.
The workers were asked if they were a part in the labor action and if they were instructed by anyone to participate in the protests. They were also asked whether they were giving information regularly to anyone.
The questions included if any lawyers had visited the plants to convince the laborers to continue their protests.
The workers were also asked if they took part in attempts to found a new trade union in the metal sector.
The Fiat and Renault workers had been demanding better conditions and a break with their Turkish Metal Labor Union, which they claimed had acted against their interests.
Activities have resumed in the first two companies, as well as in most auto part factories, with the producers promising better conditions and no inquiries or layoffs at the plants.
The bar association in Bursa placed a legal complaint on May 29over the probe into the labor action.