By Adam Cadle
Workers at Ford UK have begun a 24-hour strike today in protest at the car manufacturer’s decision to close its final salary pension scheme to new members.
The strikes are being staged across the UK including sites at Dagenham, Bridgend, Southampton and Halewood.
Staff at Ford UK have expressed their dismay at the company’s decision to lower rates of pay for new employees which they argued will result in them being paid 10 per cent less than existing workers. In addition Unite argued that the policies for new workers and existing workers will result in a two-tier workforce.
Speaking in April, Unite national officer Roger Maddison stated that Unite members “fiercely oppose the closure of Ford’s final salary scheme to new entrants,” and that the decision was the “thin end of the wedge.”