ST. PETERSBURG (AP) – Production resumed yesterday at Ford Motor Co.’s only car assembly plant in Russia, with nearly 1,400 employees returning to work after a one-day strike pending further talks with plant officials, a union leader said.

Alexei Etmanov, head of the labor union at the Vsevolozhsk plant near St. Petersburg, said work on the assembly lines resumed around midnight.

The assembly line and other operations halted work at midnight Wednesday, as union leaders demanded the company stop using temporary workers, guarantee jobs for workers injured at the plant and provide extra pay and other benefits for hazardous assignments.

Company officials said management was ready to continue negotiations, but union leaders rebuffed their offers. They also maintained that working conditions at the five-year-old plant were in line with local labor regulations and Ford’s own safety standards.

The Vsevolozhsk plant produced about 60,000 cars last year, mainly the Focus model. Plant officials hoped to increase production to 75,000 this year.

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