Ford plant ‘to axe 1,000 jobs in cost-cutting bid’
THE Ford en-gine plant in Bridgend will lose 1,000 jobs in US car giant Ford’s cost-cutting plan in Europe, sources have said.
The Welsh engine plant, which makes petrol engines for Ford vehicles and other car firms including Jaguar Land Rover, is expected to be hardest hit by the firm’s UK job losses.
The plans are for two phases of cuts at Bridgend, achieved by 2021/21, sources said.
The Ford plant in Bridgend has been facing huge uncertainty as the life of the engines it currently makes is drawing to an end.
In November, we reported staff had been warned there would be voluntary redundancies this year.
The company gave no details about job losses in the UK, but said it was starting consultations with unions.
Sources said the plans were for a total of 1,150 job losses in the UK, with almost 1,000 at Bridgend and the rest at Ford’s transport operations, which would affect lorry drivers.
People at the plant have previously told Walesonline they think the US car firm is embarking on a two-stage closure of Bridgend with 1,000 jobs expected to be surplus to requirements when the new Dragon engine programme comes into effect.
Ford declined to confirm the figures and said it was consulting with unions.
The company announced on Thursday that it would be speeding up plans to cut structural costs.
“We are taking decisive action to transform the Ford business in Europe,” said Steven Armstrong, Ford’s group vice-president and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa.”
Ford said it was starting formal consultation with its works council and trade unions, adding that it was committed to working with its key stakeholders over the new strategy.