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UK Ford workers will meet at the end of this week to decide whether to repeat the strike carried on Monday, June 18th.

The strike on Monday lasted 24 hours and was held by white-collar members of the Unite union who protested against the company’s decision to reduce salaries for new workers and block their access to Ford’s final-salary pension scheme.

“The strike committee at Ford is meeting later this week to decide the next steps,” a Unite spokesman said.

The strike affected six Ford sites and it involved 1200 Ford employees from the total of 2500 in the UK. Ford assured that pensions are safe for the existing employees but did not say anything about the pension funds for those joining the company effective from now.

Unite national officer Roger Maddison said ahead of the strike: “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.”

It is well known that Ford tries as much as possible to find cost-saving solutions in this sluggish European market. In May demand for new cars dropped 8.7% compared to the same period in 2011, being the eight consecutive month of decline.