Industrial action in Turkey’s automotive sector appears to have spread this week with the news that Ford Otosan – Ford’s JV with Koc – has cancelled a shift at its plant due to supplier issues.

Production at the Renault Oyak and Fiat Tofas JVs has been hit by a walk-out over pay and working conditions.

In a statement, Ford Otosan said that “parts from intermediate product makers in Bursa” had not been supplied in time for the “extra working shift”.

Ford Otosan makes light commercial vehicles, including the Transit, mainly for export to Western Europe.

The Turkish Automotive Manufacturers Association (OSD) called on workers to stop protests, saying exports were being harmed.

Reports also suggest that the disputes could have a political element ahead of Turkish elections scheduled for next month, as they could embarrass the government.