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    Workers at the Ford Motor Company's giant plant at Dagenham. London, today (Sunday Feb 15th)?

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    Workers at the Ford Motor Company's giant plant at Dagenham. London, today (Sunday Feb 15th) voted against a union recommendation to go on strike. ??? majority of Ford's 48-thousand workers in Britain rejected the strike call at meetings at several plants. At only one plant -- in Wales -- did the workers vote to strike.

    The Swansea plant, where workers voted in favour of a strike, produces rear axle and chassis components and a close-down here could make other Ford plants idle.

    Government officials have warned that a shutdown of the Ford plants could damage Britain's reviving economy.

    The dispute was over a pay increase. Ford had offered the men all increase of between four pounds (11 dollars) and five pounds 15 shillings sterling (16 dollars) representing a rise of about 18 per cent.

    Union shop stewards recommended that the men reject the offer and hold out for an increase nearer to 10 pounds (27 dollars) a week. They said a pay rise of this size was needed to bring Ford workers into line with other car factory workers.

    Two unions -- the Transport and General Workers' Union and the Amalgamated Engineering Union -- offered to make a stoppage official if today's mass meetings were in favour of this. But there was a clear majority in favour of staying at work except at the Swansea plant where the vote in favour of strike was passed by the narrow majority of 559 to 478.

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