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Protesting workers halt production at Renault's Turkish plant

[ISTANBUL] Workers protesting over employment conditions brought production to a halt on Friday at French carmaker Renault's Turkish plant in the northwestern city of Bursa, the private Dogan news agency reported.

Thousands of employees at the Oyak Renault plant, a joint venture with Turkey's army pension fund Oyak, refused to start the midnight shift, the agency reported, adding that about 400 vehicles are manufactured in a single shift.

A union official told Reuters that the action amounted to a protest but a strike had not been declared.

A spokesman for Oyak Renault, Turkey's market leader in car sales and exports, declined to provide detail on the production situation but said that a statement would be made later.