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Strike vote could close Ford in UK

SHOP stewards representing Ford engineers, designers and IT and clerical staff were due to meet today to vote on industrial action after pay talks broke down. MSF and T&G union members have rejected an 11% rise over three years and are demanding a 15% pay increase to give them parity with hourly-paid Ford production workers.

A national white-collar workers' strike could close down Ford's UK operations. Meanwhile the manufacturer has denied press speculation that a major announcement was due on a shake-up of its UK and European operations, following a warning from Ford of Europe chairman Nick Scheele last week that the group was looking for productivity improvements and cost reductions. A Ford spokesman said: 'These things take time. We are not expecting an announcement this week.'

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