Reps walk out of negotiations as car giant insists on


Unite has walked out of negotiations with Ford UK, which is insisting on closing its pension scheme to new entrants, raising the possibility of the first strike at the company since the 1970s.

Union reps for 2,500 Ford staff walked away because the company is insisting on the closure of its final salary pension scheme to new entrants. The union believes this is the ‘thin end of the wedge’ and will lead to the ultimate closure of the company’s staff final salary pension scheme.

The breakdown in talks also follows Ford’s hourly paid staff who rejected a similar offer yesterday.

Unite national officer Roger Maddison said: “Our members have made it crystal clear that they fiercely oppose the closure of the final salary scheme to new entrants. They also believe it is the thin end of the wedge and the company wants to ultimately close the entire scheme.

“We call upon Ford management to restart negotiations with an open mind, rather than demanding changes to long standing agreements that could lead to Ford’s first strike since the 1970s.”

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