Claims against strike activists turned down


Ford's claim for damages against strike activists was turned down by the district court.

On November 20, 2007 some 1,000 workers halted production at the Ford car plant in Vsevolozhsk, the Leningrad region, demanding a 30% pay rise. The strike continued nearly a month, and for one day the plant stopped completely. The strike ended when management agreed to increase wages by 21%. In September 2008 a further 8%-10% pay raise was agreed.

The car manufacturer initiated legal actions against 31 trade union activists demanding 4,5 mln roubles (~USD130,000) as a compensation of damages caused by the strike.

The company's management has not commented on the court decision.

February 12, 2009