6/6/2019, 12:06 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Union to fight Ford if it writes off Bridgend plant

The upcoming announcement by Ford Motor Co. regarding the future of its plant in Wales, said to be planned for closing by the end of summer next year, could be "another grave injury" to the manufacturing sector in the United Kingdom, Unite's general secretary Len McCluskey said on Thursday. The apparent decision to shut production, leaked to the media, will prompt resistance, he stressed and called on the governments in London and Cardiff to help prevent closure.

"Ford broke promise after promise to the UK. First, it was that it would build 500,000 engines at Bridgend. That fell to a quarter of a million, then fell again and again to now just 80,000. The company has deliberately run down its UK operations so that now not a single Ford vehicle – car or van – is made in the UK," the union leader stated and accused the United States–based automotive giant of treating workers "abysmally," claiming they are "cheaper, easier and quicker to sack" than those in other countries.

The expected move would be "a grotesque act of economic betrayal," McCluskey underscored.

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