Ford has announced plans to reduce 12,000 jobs across Europe by the end of next year and to close six plants, including one in Bridgend, Wales.
The car company announced it would close its 40-year-old plant in Bridgend earlier this month, which means a loss of 1,700 jobs.
Ford has previously announced that three sites in Russia will close in 2020 alongside one plant in Bordeaux, France, while another plant in Slovakia will be sold.
The company said the cuts were part of a plan to make the company more profitable and the demand for cars decreased, and the higher costs to comply with stricter air quality laws meant that the company needed to be streamlined.
As previously reported, unions reacted furiously to the closure of the Bridgend plant, which affects both internal jobs and companies that deliver goods and services to the site.
Ford today announced plans to reduce 12,000 jobs across Europe, including the previously announced closure of the Bridgend, Wales plant, where 1,700 jobs will disappear
Three locations in Russia will be closed, including the factory in Elabuga
Another plant in Bordeaux, France, will also be closed in 2020 as part of the restructuring plan to save costs
As for Bridgend, the company blamed the end of a contract with Jaguar Land Rover and a decline in gasoline sales amid huge changes in the automotive industry, emphasizing that the decision was not related to the Brexit .
HALF MILLION PRODUCERS LOST EMPLOYMENT DURING DECEMBER
Nearly half a million jobs in the industry have been lost in the UK in the past ten years, a new study suggests.
Research by the GMB trade union showed that employment in the sector had been reduced by 14% since 2008.
There were 3.4 million jobs in production companies in 2008, but that fell to 2.9 million last year, the GMB said.
The report was compiled before today's expected announcement of the closure of Ford & # 39; s engine factory in Bridgend, South Wales.
The worst hit regions for job losses are London, Scotland and the North West, the report said.
Jude Brimble, GMB officer, said: “Half a million job losses in industry in just 10 years is devastating for communities, and unless action is taken, it seems that the worst could still come.
& # 39; Unfortunately, this government has a track record of not supporting British production.
& # 39; Famous old ceramics firm & # 39; s in the potteries, Appledore shipyard, large parts of our steel industry, jobs at the Ford factory in Bridgend – they all got out of hand, but the Conservative Party is willing to lose thousands more jobs through a chaotic hard Brexit. & # 39;
Union sources said the Ford bosses spent much of the meeting explaining how much cheaper it was to build engines at the plant in Mexico compared to Bridgend.
Stuart Rowley, president of Ford of Europe, said: “Separating employees and closing factories are the hardest decisions we make, and in recognition of the impact on families and communities, we offer support to help soften.
& # 39; We are grateful for the ongoing consultation with our works councils, trade union partners and elected representatives.
& # 39; Together we go further and focus on building a long-term sustainable future for our activities in Europe. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; Ford will be a more focused company in Europe, in line with the company's global redesign, and generate higher returns through our focus on customer needs and a lean structure.
& # 39; By quickly implementing our new strategy, we can invest and expand our leading commercial vehicle operations and provide customers with more electrified vehicles, SUV & # 39; s, performance improvements and iconic imported models. & # 39;
About 2,000 of the 12,000 jobs affected are remunerated positions. The rest are employees with hour contracts or temporary workers.
Ford of Europe has 51,000 employees in Europe or 65,000 including joint projects with other companies.
UK unions said the news was devastating to the factory and the UK economy, and promised the closure & # 39; while General Secretary Len McCluskey said the decision was a & # 39; grotesque act of economic betrayal & # 39; used to be.
Pictured: Ford staff working on a diesel engine at the Naberezhnye Chelny plant in Russia, which will also close next year
The Kechnec Transmission Plant in Slovakia, pictured, will be sold as part of the plan
The Bridgend site was opened in 1980 and covers an area of 60 hectares and is one of the most important employers in Wales.
It came as a new huge blow to the British auto industry following the news that Honda, Jaguar Land Rover and Nissan are also scaling back operations.
Employees at the Ford engine plant in Bridgend said they expected the plant to close, but were surprised at how quickly the decision was made.
Some employees who were told about the closure have already been deployed from Southampton, where the Ford Transit plant was closed in 2013.
Depicted are employees of the Bridgend plant earlier this month after being told about the plans to close the plant by September 2020. Trade unions responded with anger and said they were using all their power & # 39; would fight against the closure
The Welsh government said it will set up a task force to help employees find other jobs after Ford's announcement to close the Bridgend plant.
Earlier this month, General Secretary Len McCluskey said that Ford had not repaid the trust of his workers and the South Wales community.
He added: & # 39; Ford broke the promise after promising the UK. First, it was to build 500,000 engines in Bridgend. That dropped to a quarter of a million and then fell again and again.
& # 39; The company has deliberately phased out its activities in Great Britain, so that no Ford car – car or delivery van – is now made in the UK.
& # 39; Ford has treated his British employees inappropriately, and they could, because the fact remains that it is cheaper, easier and faster to fire our employees than those in our competing countries. & # 39;
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