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"Down days" at Ford blamed on FBT changes


Ford employees yesterday downed tools for the first of six planned stoppages, with the company blaming the federal government’s changes to Fringe Benefits Tax reporting for record low sales of Falcon cars.

News Limited Network reports that Falcon orders have declined sharply following the announcement by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of FBT changes. July, the month the FBT tax changes were announced, saw the weakest result ever for sales of the Ford Falcon in the car's 53-year history.

We will see what happens after the election to decide if we need to schedule more (production) down days," Ford spokeswoman Sinead Phipps told News.

The stoppages yesterday affected 750 workers at the car maker’s Broadmeadows and Geelong factories.

 Workers have been given 60 per cent of their regular wages for the 12 “down days” in August and September, with the option of topping this up with their leave pay.

 The opposition has been scathing of the FBT reporting changes, which it has pledged to reverse if it takes office after the September 7 election.

"Kevin Rudd and his Clayton's Industry Minister Kim Carr need to immediately step in and put an end to this mess, by following the Coalition's decision to reverse this dreadful policy," opposition industry spokeswoman Sophie Mirabella told The Australian.



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