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Workers Strike At Ford Plant

July 16, 1986

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) _ Thousands of striking autoworkers demanding higher salaries have stopped the assembly lines at the Brazilian subsidiary of Ford Motor Co., according to union and company spokesmen.

It was the first major strike at a foreign-owned automaker since the government introduced its sweeping anti-inflationary economic reforms in February. The economic measures included a wage and price freeze, the elimination of cost-of-living adjustments and the creation of a new currency.

Nearly 11,000 workers went on strike Tuesday to demand a 20 percent pay increase, closing down production at the Ford plant in Sao Paulo’s industrial suburb of Sao Bernardo do Campo.

Ford spokesman Luis Cos Secco said Wednesday that ″the strike has stopped the daily production of approximately 400 cars and pickups, representing a loss of $2.8 million a day.″

Paulo de Oliveira, press spokesman for the Sao Bernardo do Campo Metalworkers Union, which represents the autoworkers, said ″the work stoppage will continue until our demands are met.″

Secco said ″the company will not give into the union’s demands.″

According to Oliveira, Ford workers earn wages that range from a low of about $140 a month to a high of nearly $550 a month.

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