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Ford faces threat of first strikes since 1970s [in UK]
Guardian (UK) ^ | Wednesday 25 April 2012 07.16 EDT | Dan Milmo, industrial editor

Posted on 04/25/2012 4:32:15 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

Ford faces the threat of its first outbreak of industrial action since the 1970s after the Unite trade union served notice of a strike ballot at the car manufacturer.

Unite will ballot 2,500 members at Ford UK, whose sites include the east London engine plant that was the recently the subject of the Britcom film Made in Dagenham. The union objects to Ford's plans to close its final salary pension scheme to newcomers, as well as lowering starter pay rates.

A Unite official said the union "fiercely" opposed the move and warned that the company was close to industrial action. "Ford faces the very real prospect of the first strike since the 1970s. Unite will not stand by and allow Ford to create a two tier workforce on pay and pensions. We urge Ford to return to the negotiating table if it wants to avoid this dispute." Unite fears that the move will lead, as at Unilever, to the ultimate closure of the final salary scheme.

Ford employs 15,000 staff across the UK and its employees last went on strike in 1978 in a dispute over pay that became the first in a wave of union walkouts later termed the winter of discontent. The Transport and General Workers Union, the forebear of Unite, was a key player in the strike.

Ford said it remained "willing and available" to hold talks with Unite. "The Company has sought to discuss with the Union the financial challenges of its defined benefit pension funds, which are significantly in deficit. Around 80% of all private sector firms have now closed their defined benefit pension funds to new hires. The Company has categorically confirmed that it has no plans to close its pension funds to existing members and that the funds remain open to existing members."

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1 posted on 04/25/2012 4:32:16 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Unions will not be happy until they have priced themselves out of existence.


2 posted on 04/25/2012 4:52:09 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

Ford doesn’t make any cars in the UK anymore for this very reason. They will close Dagenham in a heartbeat if the the unions push too hard.

See ya!


3 posted on 04/25/2012 5:05:56 AM PDT by Bartholomew Roberts
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Negotiate.
Strike.
Close Plant.
Go elsewhere and hire some of the millions of unemployed.
EASY...............
4 posted on 04/25/2012 5:13:49 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Hey Ford UK!

Here in St. Paul, MN we have a lovely Ford plant ready to produce Ford trucks but that could be retrofitted to produce any Fords product. We still have a trained workforce.

Oh, wait. We have Governor Goofy who would probably become a spokes-mumbler for the union.

Never mind!

5 posted on 04/25/2012 5:47:59 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: Venturer

Union “LEADERS” who will loudly mouth the traditional slogans even as the very last lights are turned off. It seems to be the same world wide, doesn’t it?


6 posted on 04/25/2012 6:21:42 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf ( NY Times: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

The Dome...the Dome...


7 posted on 04/25/2012 6:52:40 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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