|In a dispute over pay and oensions staff at car giant Ford will stage a 24-hour strike on Monday.|
Representing around 1,200 white collar employees at the carmaker, Unite said the walkout, from 6am, will affect sites across the country, including Dagenham in Essex, Bridgend in South Wales, Halewood on Merseyside and Southampton.
The union said staff were "furious" at plans to close the final salary pension scheme to new starters and lower their rates of pay from next year.
"Our staff members will not stand by and allow Ford to create a two-tier workforce on pay and pensions. To date Ford has failed to make any genuine attempts to resolve this dispute,” the Unite national officer Roger Maddison said.
Adding: "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. Ford must prove that it is committed to the UK by investing in its UK workforce. The UK has the best sales in Europe, there's no excuse to attack the terms and conditions of a new generation of Ford staff.
"The company is also refusing to back away from creating a two-tier workforce by making new starters work for less money for doing the same job as existing staff. This is totally unacceptable."
Picket lines will be mounted at Ford plants by the striking staff, who include foremen, IT workers and those based in administration.