SALARIED STAFF at Ford motors are to ballot next week for strike action. Workers are enraged that the company is refusing to cut their working week. Ford's admin and technical staff are to get the same pay rise as agreed for manual workers before Christmas. But Ford bosses say that, because salaried staff already work a 37.5 hour week, they will not get the 90 minute cut in the working week agreed for hourly paid workers. This means staff will not have had a cut in hours for over 30 years.
The 7,000 workers are members of the MSF union and the TGWU's white collar section, ACTS. Both unions are to ballot for strike action. The TGWU organises around 2,000 admin workers at Ford, including the payroll staff. They have the power to bring Ford grinding to halt, because if they strike no one would get paid.
The MSF organises another 5,000 Ford workers including computer staff, designers and engineers. The MSF also organises the foremen at Ford. The feeling amongst Ford's manual workers is that if the foremen were not at work it would be a big improvement. The result of the ballot will be announced on 3 February.