BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) - It could take up to 60 days to reinstate jobs if a restructure of German tyre maker Müller on Friday goes against existing workers’ agreements, the company said.
Company spokesman Simon Lord said about 120 jobs were at risk, adding that workers agreed the job cuts would be kept to a minimum.
Müller, which has plants in Turkey and Europe, announced in November that it was reorganising its operations into four divisions to better cater to customers looking for organic material (FOB) tyres.
The company was successful in securing financing to restructure its Turkish plant last November but came to an impasse in negotiations with unions in Germany.
Lord said unions had asked for work to be carried out in Germany and approved of the plans, but they believed the restructure would end up leaving hundreds of jobs at risk.
“We wanted to come to a discussion that could put jobs back into the Turkish plant. Unfortunately the employees unions ... were not prepared to go along with that,” he said.