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Ford Workers In Russia Hold One-Day Strike


http://gdb.rferl.org/5E1E0E4C-D239-4FD2-A808-B713BE0AE6F8_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/5E1E0E4C-D239-4FD2-A808-B713BE0AE6F8_mw800_mh600.jpg Ford plant workers demonstrating on February 8 (ITAR-TASS) February 14, 2007 -- Workers at U.S. car giant Ford's only assembly plant in Russia are holding a 24-hour strike today.


The nearly 1,400 striking workers at the plant in Vsevolozhsk, near St. Petersburg, are demanding a salary increase and more social benefits.

MORE: Coverage in Russian from RFE/RL's Russian Service.

Aleksei Etmanov, the head of the plant's labor union, said workers planned to launch an open-ended strike if the company failed to meet their demands.


Monthly wages at the plant average the equivalent of $600.


(AP, AFP)

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