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Southampton car workers strike over attacks on shifts

Issue No. 2161

More than 100 contract workers inside the Ford complex in Southampton were set to strike for four hours on Wednesday.

The workers are employed by Penske Logistics which works on site at the giant Southampton plant.

The row was sparked after the company axed shift payments and tried to push pay talks back six months.

The new dispute comes just months after Ford slashed half its 1,000-strong workforce which led to a devastating fallout with job cuts throughout the contract and supply chain.

Ian Woodland from the Unite union said, “Workers feel they have been treated in a heavy handed and unfair way and can’t trust the management.”

Tensions have been mounting among the 126-strong workforce which has lost more than a third of its number in recent redundancies.

One worker said, “We have been treated like something the company has scraped off its shoe.

“They know there are no jobs out there so they just try to squeeze a bit more cash and a lot more work out of us.”

Another said, “We have always got shift payments and got mortgages and credit on that basis and now every month people are getting deeper and deeper into debt.”

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Tue 21 Jul 2009, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2161
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