FORD MOTORS could be set to face its first ever official strike by white collar staff. Some 7,000 admin, technical and computer workers, members of the TGWU and MSF unions, were to start voting this week. Any action would be over the company's three year pay deal. White collar staff are not getting the same 90 minute cut in the working week as manual workers. Management also want to merge the manual and white collar workers' pension funds.
The white collar fund has a substantial surplus. Workers fear Ford might use the fund to pay for the cut in the working week for manual workers, but white collar workers may then not get the cut. Workers were boosted by news this week that a statement in their support was being prepared by Ford workers in Germany.