Ford to Axe 1160 Jobs in South Wales

Posted by Nicole Williams on 01 March 2017

Workers union, Unite has said up to 1,160 jobs will be axed at Ford’s Bridgend plant in Wales after the company said it will cut investment in a new engine programme.

Currently 1,760 people are employed at the centre, where Unite general secretary is visiting today to hold three mass meetings on the topic.

He said: "Unite members are committed to Ford, the Welsh Assembly is committed to Ford, all we need now is for Ford to commit to its workforce. That means investment, new product lines and a clean plan for the plant's future."

The union is requesting a five-year plan from Ford for the Bridgend factory, which makes around 250,000 engines per year for Jaguar Land Rover and 500,000 of Ford’s Sigma engines. It is due to stop producing both.

A decision to cut investment in a new Dragon engine plant was announced back in September, with the car firm saying it would halve production of its new generation of petrol engines in South Wales.

Ford said in a statement to ITV News: "Bridgend must fulfil its commitment in terms of delivery, quality and cost of the products it manufactures and - just as in the case for every Ford plant around the world - winning new product contracts depends on the plant's efficiency and global competitiveness."