Ford workers strike at Brazil factory to protest job cuts
SAO PAULO (Reuters) -- Workers in a Ford Motor Co. plant in Brazil started an open ended strike on Thursday to protest job cuts, increasing labour tensions that have rattled the nation's automobile industry in the midst of its worst disaster in almost two decades.
The area metalworkers union stated about 4,300 employees at Ford's Sao Bernardo do Campo plant, which makes trucks and compact passenger vehicles, went on strike after the organization sent pink slips to some 200 workers.
A Ford consultant said the auto-maker needed to reduce its work force in the factory as a result of excessive capacity in the surface of declining demand, but the firm failed to support the degree of the lay offs.
New passenger car revenue have dropped more than 20 per cent to date this yr and heavy-truck sales are down almost 45% due to tighter credit, persistent inflation as well as a sharp economic downturn.
Gm and Daimler announced plans to reduce 800 and 1,500 occupations from their various Brazilian crops last month before backing off facing stiff union opposition.
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