Ford plans to axe 1,150 UK jobs: union

January 11, 2019
The UK plans for a total of 1,150 job losses at Ford's engine plant in Wales

Ford plans to cut 1,150 jobs in Britain, a union announced Friday, one day after the US car giant unveiled a major restructuring of its European operations.

The on Thursday said it planned a major revamp in Europe, including to boost profitability, but did not specify numbers. It hinted at possible cuts in France, Germany and Russia.

"The plans are for a total of 1,150 job losses in the UK," Britain's largest union Unite said in a statement.

Unite said it had been briefed regarding plans to axe 1,000 positions in two stages over two years at Ford's Bridgend engine plant in Wales.

The remaining cuts would be at Ford's transport operations, affecting lorry drivers across the UK, the union added.

"It is a devastating blow for our members and their families, as well as having grave implications for the Welsh economy and the ," Des Quinn, Unite national officer for automotive industries, said in a statement.

Also Thursday, Jaguar Land Rover said it would axe about 4,500 mostly UK after a slump in Chinese sales last year.

Automakers are suffering from a major slide in sales of diesel cars. This is forcing companies like Ford to invest heavily in new technology to meet fast-growing demand for greener electric vehicles.

Explore further: Ford to cut jobs in European revamp

Related Stories

Ford to cut jobs in European revamp

January 10, 2019

US carmaker Ford said on Thursday that it plans a major restructuring of its European operations, including job cuts, to boost profitability.

Auto industry troubles buffet Ford, Jaguar Land Rover

January 10, 2019

The headwinds buffeting the global auto industry made themselves felt in Europe on Thursday as mass-market carmaker Ford and luxury-focused Jaguar Land Rover announced sweeping restructurings that will cost thousands of jobs.

Under pressure to change, Ford is reinventing itself

January 11, 2019

Struggling with a sagging stock price and sluggish sales, US car giant Ford took steps to regain its footing this week with the announcement of a massive restructuring effort in Europe—even as it prepared for an imminent ...

Ford to cut global workforce

October 6, 2018

US automaker Ford—which announced a major restructuring in July—unveiled plans Friday to reduce its workforce worldwide, without specifying the extent of the plan.

Recommended for you

EPA adviser is promoting harmful ideas, scientists say

March 22, 2019

The Trump administration's reliance on industry-funded environmental specialists is again coming under fire, this time by researchers who say that Louis Anthony "Tony" Cox Jr., who leads a key Environmental Protection Agency ...

Coffee-based colloids for direct solar absorption

March 22, 2019

Solar energy is one of the most promising resources to help reduce fossil fuel consumption and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions to power a sustainable future. Devices presently in use to convert solar energy into thermal ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.