An industrial dispute at Ford’s engineering centre in Essex could tarnish 30th anniversary celebrations planned at Dunton for mid-December.
Top management from Detroit will visit the plant on 16 December, to open an extension to the Small and Medium Vehicle Centre.
But talks are still under way in an attempt to resolve a dispute over new engine-testing dynamometers at Dunton. Last month 250 weekly-paid engineering workers staged a one-day stoppage over plans to train salaried engineers to use equipment currently operated by weekly-paid workers.
AEEU regional officer John Hellyer described the move as `economic nonsense’ .
`We have skilled people, experienced in carrying out engine testing, being denied the opportunity to do what they are good at,’ he said.