Administrators struggle to revive a key parts maker that abruptly stopped production.
About 1800 workers at the car company's Broadmeadows and Geelong plants are facing a down day, which will result in Ford paying them 50 per cent of their wages that can then be topped up with annual leave.
It could take until Wednesday before Ford's Australian car-making operations are up and running as parts maker CMI Industrial's Melbourne factory remains shut over debt problems.
A Ford spokeswoman says workers face another down day on Tuesday and CMI may not be ready to start supplying parts for Ford until Wednesday.
"Obviously the whole process needs a bit of time to happen before we can start our production line again," spokeswoman Sinead Phipps said.
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