Ford Motor Co. workers in Britain are back on the job this morning after a 24-hour warning strike but barring a settlement in a contract dispute the maker could be looking at another walkout in the coming days.
While the U.K. has a history of labor-management confrontations, this week’s strike is unusual in that blue-collar line workers were not impacted. It’s Ford’s white-collar staff that staged the 24-hour walkout over plans to cut their pay and restructure a defined-benefits pension program.
“To date Ford has failed to make any genuine attempts to resolve this dispute,” said Roger Maddison, an official with the British union Unite. “We fiercely oppose the closure of Ford’s final salary scheme to new entrants because we believe ultimately Ford will try to close the entire scheme.”