Ford Pay Hike Rejected
As UK Workers StrikeUnions representing more than 32,000 auto workers struck Ford Motor Co. Ltd. at midnight Sunday after rejecting a 7 percent pay increase.
The company said no auto workers reported for duty and production was at a standstill at all Ford's 22 plants across the country.
It would appear that the strike is unanimous, said a company spokesman, who was not identified in keeping with British practice.
Members of 12 unions rejected Ford's three-year contract offer by a 60 percent margin last week, despite the recommendations of their negotiating team. Talks broke off Friday and there were no last-ditch talks on Sunday as the strike deadline approached.
The British subsidiary of the U.S. auto giant expects to lose production worth 17 million ($30 million) a day at showroom prices.
Major Swedish Strike
Ends After 3 Weeks
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - A major labor conflict that hit Sweden's exporting industries three weeks ago was called off early Monday when negotiators reached a settlement after all-night talks.
The Metal Trades Employers' Association and the Union of Clerical and Technical Employees signed an agreement for minimum pay rises of 1.9 percent that included local pay pools giving total hikes of 4 percent.
The white-collar conflict broke out Jan. 19 when the union called out 42,500 of its members on strike to press demands for higher wages and increased union say on local pay agreements. It spread two weeks later when employers locked out 40,000 employees.
US, Soviets to Study
Bering Sea Fishery
WASHINGTON - Japan will be prominently absent when international discussions are held next month on fishing in the Bering Sea, where Japanese trawlers have been accused of violating territorial limits.
The United States and the Soviet Union have decided to hold bilateral talks in early March regarding the sea that separates Alaska from Siberia, one of the world's most productive fishing areas.
Other nations that fish in the Bering Sea, including Japan and South Korea, have not been invited but will be informed of the outcome later, said Ed Wolfe, State Department ambassador for Oceans and Fisheries.