Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: The Hills of North Georgia,USA
Re: E.U.:Ford workers strike over job fears
Unions stage a new 24-hour strike at Ford Belgian plant
By Associated Press
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Ford Motor Co. workers started their second 24-hour strike in five days at a Belgian plant on Friday, continuing their labor action over the company's decision last week to eliminate 3,000 jobs and cancel promised investment.
The daylong strike was called early Friday following newspaper articles highlighting rumors the plant in Genk, which employs 8,300, would have to close over the next years.
"The articles were quickly known and work at the plant subsequently stopped," said union spokesman Gerard Ignoul.
Over the past days, the workers had already shortened their shift by two hours and, by blocking the gate and keeping out car parts, they also affected production at the plant.
Unions said Ford managers had warned this week they would start sending workers home without pay unless production returned to normal.
Production was interrupted as of Oct. 1, when unions blocked the delivery of parts from suppliers.
Ford cited sagging sales and rising costs for the job eliminations and investment cuts of some $1.05 billion at the Belgian plant.
My first car was a 67 Mustang Coupe, 2nd one was a 67 Cougar XR-7, 3rd one was a 66 Mustang Coupe. Why did I get rid of these cars for ? I know why, because I'm stupid, stupid, stupid.
My next Ford.....