January 29, 2020 / 6:41 AM / 20 days ago

Turkish metal employers' association, union reach agreement after lockout -Anadolu

ANKARA, Jan 29 (Reuters) - The Turkish Employers Association of Metal Industries (MESS) and Turkish Metal Union agreed on a collective bargaining agreement, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday, following a lockout decision last week.

The companies that are members of MESS constitute around a quarter of the Turkish manufacturing sector’s revenue and contribute $30 billion a year to its economy, according to a MESS report.

Turkish companies Arcelik, Aygaz, Ford Otosan, Karsan, Otokar, Tofas and Turk Traktor reported last week that the Turkish Metal Union had decided on a strike at their businesses.

Anadolu said the collective bargaining agreement concerned around 200 businesses and 130,000 employees. Under the agreement wages will rise 18.49% in the first six months and 25.50% over the first year in total, Anadolu said.

The collective agreement was to cover wages for 2019 to 2021, but further details were not yet available. (Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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