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Britain’s biggest union, Unite, said on Monday it is to ballot 5,000 workers for strike action at car manufacturer Ford. in a dispute over job security and pensions. Workers, mainly on the production line at Ford’s six sites across Britain, will be asked whether they want to down tools in a bid to seek guarantees from the firm that there will be no more plant closures and that jobs in Britain will be protected. Unite national officer Roger Maddison said staff in Britain had felt the brunt of previous closures, and now wanted safeguards. A spokesman said roughly 300 staff represented by the GMB Union will also be balloted, with the vote due to close on February 7th.

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