Union: Ford plans to axe 1,150 jobs

The Phnom Penh Post - - BUSINESS -

FORD plans to cut 1,150 jobs in Bri­tain, a union an­nounced on Fri­day, one day after the US car gi­ant un­veiled a ma­jor re­struc­tur­ing of its Euro­pean op­er­a­tions.

The com­pany on Thurs­day said it planned a ma­jor re­vamp in Europe, in­clud­ing job cuts to boost profitabil­ity, but did not spec­ify num­bers. It hinted at pos­si­ble cuts in France, Ger­many and Rus­sia.

“The plans are for a to­tal of

1,150 job losses in the UK,” Bri­tain’s largest union Unite said in a state­ment.

Unite said it had been briefed re­gard­ing plans to axe 1,000 po­si­tions in two stages over two years at Ford’s Brid­gend en­gine plant in Wales.

The re­main­ing cuts would be at Ford’s trans­port op­er­a­tions, af­fect­ing lorry driv­ers across the UK, the union added.

“It is a dev­as­tat­ing blow for our mem­bers and their fam­i­lies, as well as hav­ing grave im­pli­ca­tions for the Welsh econ­omy and the sup­ply chain,” said Unite na­tional of­fi­cer for au­to­mo­tive in­dus­tries Des Quinn.

Also on Thurs­day, Jaguar Land Rover said it would axe about 4,500 mostly UK jobs after a slump in Chi­nese sales last year.

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