MEDIA: What The Papers Say - Racism charge poses problems for Ford

Ford’s avowed ’zero tolerance’ policy on racism was called into question last month by union claims that local management had failed for years to address racism.

Ford’s avowed ’zero tolerance’ policy on racism was called into

question last month by union claims that local management had failed for

years to address racism.



The Dagenham plant was described as becoming a ’racial tinderbox’, a

situation that Ford’s UK boss, Ian McAllister, blamed on coverage of the

recent industrial tribunal judgment in favour of assembly worker Sukhjit

Parmar. Rebecca Fowler question Ford workers in the Daily Mail

(9/10/99).



She wrote: ’Is Ford racist? The white man says ’no’, and the black man

says ’no comment’.’



Lebanese-born Jacques Nasser became the first Ford president to travel

abroad to meet a trade union leader when he flew in for talks with TGWU

general secretary Bill Morris. The union presented a five-point plan

which was swiftly agreed to, without either side making undue capital

out of the ensuing publicity. However, more problems will arise unless

the agreement is successfully implemented.



Analysis and commentary by Echo Research. Cuttings supplied by the

Broadcast Monitoring Company. Telephone interviews conducted by Audience

Selection.



More information can be found at www.echoResearch.com.



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