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Ford “created a climate of fear” at Dagenham plant

PUBLISHED: 11:44 03 May 2013 | UPDATED: 11:44 03 May 2013

Dagenham Ford workers protest outside the Ford HQ.

Dagenham Ford workers protest outside the Ford HQ.

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Ford has been accused of “scaremongering” by the Unite union after workers at the company’s Dagenham plant voted against strike action.

The stamping and tooling facility is being closed which will affect 652 employees who have protested over the way they are being treated by the company.

Unite began a vote on a strike last month but on Wednesday the results were in showing workers chose not to take action, leading the union to believe the company had scared employees out of rebelling.

A Unite spokesman said: “We believe Ford created a climate of fear at the plant in Dagenham and have bribed the workforce out of their jobs.

“Management has been scaremongering and misleading workers by claiming they would lose a lump sum payment worth thousands if they took action.

“Our members remain seriously concerned about their futures and the future of Ford in the UK. Our priority is the protection of jobs now and in the future. Unite representatives will be meeting the company shortly to discuss the next steps.”

Despite voting against strike action, Ford workers demonstrated outside the car giant’s national headquarters in Brentwood two weeks ago.

According to Unite, more than 100 toolmakers have not been found suitable jobs and workers are being redeployed with little information about what they will be doing.

For those wishing to accept a severance package, Unite says the deal is between £10,000 and £30,000 less than workers at a Southampton plant - which is also being shut - are being offered.

Ford did not address the accusations made by Unite but a spokesman said: “Ford has been engaging in discussions with our workforce at Dagenham Stamping and Tooling Operations, as well as working with other stakeholders to provide information and support to our employees. This will continue to be the case as the company’s proposals are now implemented.”


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