Nov 29th, 2007 by RJ Menezes
Russian Ford workers are still on strike after earlier talks could not find a resolution. Negotiations between workers and management of Ford Motor Co.’s only Russian manufacturing plant broke down Monday, sending a strike at the factory into its sixth day.
The workers are on strike because of wages and long overnight hours. “They are only asking for what is fair”, says one observer . If indeed the conditions are to a point as to stop and strike, it should raise a red flag to a lot of people.
Workers want their wages increased by about 30 per cent, and their night shifts reduced to 6 1/2 hours, from 7 1/2 hours. The raise and extra hour cut off the schedule should easily be able to be accommodated for.
Ford’s overseas operations are suppose to be going well, but overseas is a vague description of the markets Ford occupies outside of the U.S. This is a kink in Ford’s armor and is a constant reminder of what the real cost of Automobile production is.
The Vsevolozhsk plant, where the strike is being held by about 1,500 workers, produced about 60,000 cars last year, mainly the Focus model. They are for Asian markets only and none should make it to the U.S. Still parts are shared and don’t think if they can’t find a part in another Focus factory that they won’t contact the Russian plant. Parts are parts, but strikes do affect the consumer.