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PROTESTS continued in Brazil today against plans by Ford to close three of its plants, which will cause at least 5,000 job losses.
Unions have called on the global manufacturer to reconsider its decision, which came without any discussions in the middle of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The IndustriALL international trade union confederation insists the announcement is a “blatant violation of the global framework agreement” Ford signed up to in 2012.
This stipulates that timely information and consultation with unions is necessary in such situations.
Brazilian unions called for protests outside Ford dealerships and issued a joint statement condemning the closure.
Taubate Sindmetau metalworkers’ union president Claudi Batista said: “The workers won’t simply walk out the door. We’re going to keep fighting for our jobs.”
Camacari metalworkers’ union president Julio Bonfim, whose organisation is affiliated to Fitmetal/CTB, said: “It’s a terrible situation and shows their total disregard for thousands of workers. The union will remain firm and strong and keep fighting.”
IndustriALL general secretary Valter Sanches pledged full support in the fight to save jobs.
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