A Ford strike is underway at the Ford India Sanand plant in Gujarat, India. Workers at the plant staged protests near the factory alleging that a worker there was terminated illegally by Ford. Sources claim that the Ford strike happened after a worker was terminated for “inappropriate behavior” against his peers, including a female employee.
The problem that led to the Ford strike was that the worker who was terminated was also a leader of the local trade union. Ford India has stated that it is in discussions with the union as well as the state labor department to try and reach an amicable solution.
Ford issued a statement noting that while it was in talks with the union representatives and labor department on the subject that it has zero tolerance for acts of workplace bullying or coercion. Ford also noted that it only takes action when a complete and thorough investigation has been completed. There has been no indication of how the Ford strike and protests have impacted production at the plant. Ford India’s Sanand plant manufactures the Aspire compact sedan.
Ford has faced several strikes and the threat of strikes recently. A strike that saw 1,900 workers refuse to work at a Ford supplier called Faurecia in Michigan lasted nine hours before the supplier came to an agreement with the workers. Ford production wasn’t affected in that strike.
Ford Bridgend Engine Plant workers are considering a strike in protest to Ford considering the closure of the factory in the fall of 2020. Ford more recently has said that the closure of the Bridgend engine plant is only proposed. Earlier this year a strike at a plant in Mexico left some popular Ford vehicles without steering wheels.
Source: Business Standard