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Strike Ballot at Ford

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

GMB Members At Ford Balloted For Strike Action Over Job Security And Pensions

The time is long overdue to give Ford's UK workforce the same guarantees and protections against closure as Ford employees enjoy in other EU countries says GMB.

GMB members working at Ford Motor Company and are hourly paid in five UK sites at Bridgend, Daventry, Halewood, Dunton and Dagenham London are being balloted for strike action in a row over job security and pensions. Most of those being balloted are production workers. The result of the ballot will be know on Friday 7th February.

GMB members are demanding commitments to job security the same as their counterparts in other EU countries and improvements in the pension scheme.

In 2013, Ford closed another two plants, Southampton and the Stamping and Tooling Operation in Dagenham (DSTO), with the loss of 1,500 jobs. For more than a decade, Ford workers have borne the brunt of plant closures and job cuts in Europe and want Ford to enter into a legally binding information and consultation agreement to protect jobs and secure a long-term future for Ford production Britain.

Justin Bowden, GMB national officer said:  "For over a decade now, Ford has treated its UK workforce as the quick, cheap and easy option to sack.  The time is long overdue to give Ford's UK workforce the same guarantees and protections against closure as Ford employees enjoy in other EU countries."

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Contact: Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer on 07710 631351 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823

 

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