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Ford workers walk out over pay

Workers at the Ford Motor Company factory near St. Petersburg have gone on strike. They are demanding a payrise by March next year. However, Ford management says the demands are excessive and is refusing to negotiate.

More than 150 workers are inside the factory.  They remained where they were when their night shift finished. Two hundred other employees remain outside the plant.

This is not the first strike at the plant this year.

On 6 November there was a one-day warning strike, and there has been other industrial action in the last two years in support of pay claims.