Ford to axe 1,000 jobs at its Bridgend factory in Wales as part of Europe-wide shakeup
US car giant Ford is planning to cut 1,000 jobs at its Bridgend plant in Wales as part of a shake-up at its European operations.
Union Unite said the company plans to cut a total of 1,150 UK roles, with almost 1,000 at Bridgend and the rest at its transport operations, which would affect lorry drivers.
Shop stewards from Ford factories have now been given a briefing on the proposals.
Ford engines being built on the production line at their Bridgend factory in Wales. Ford is planning to cut 1,000 jobs at the plant as part of a shake-up at its European operations
On Thursday, Ford had signalled it would make ‘significant’ cuts among its 50,000-strong European workforce under plans to make it more competitive.
It said it would cut thousands of jobs, look at plant closures and discontinue loss-making vehicle lines as part of a turnaround effort, and would start consultations with unions on the plans.
Unite vowed to fight any compulsory redundancies at Ford.
Unite national officer for automotive industries, Des Quinn, said: ‘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.’