Ford plant ‘to axe 1,000 jobs in cost-cut­ting bid’

South Wales Evening Post - - LETTERS -

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.

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