Ford staff threaten strike action after talks over pension dispute break down

FORD staff may go on strike for the first time since the 1970s after workers’ union Unite walked out of its latest negotiations with the firm.

Ford UK wants to close its pension scheme to new entrants, which has angered workers and the union.

The company employs more than 600 people in Daventry at its parts distribution centre and customer services centre.

The Ford site on Royal Oak Way has been in the town since 1968 and stocks 100,000 different parts for the whole European Ford range.

Unite said it believes the pension plans are 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 came a day after Ford’s hourly paid staff rejected a similar offer.

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 longstanding agreements.”