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08:00  06 june  2019
08:00  06 june  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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A Unite spokesman said: " Unite will be meeting Ford first thing tomorrow morning and will comment further once the details of any announcement are known. As well as its 1 , 700 -strong workforce, hundreds more people are employed in businesses that supply the plant , which has been

FORD is expected to announce plans to close its engine plant in Bridgend tomorrow - more than 1 , 700 jobs are feared to be lost. For more than 40 years Ford have been manufacturing in Bridgend but in recent years the plant has been running out of business.

Fears for 1,700 jobs as Ford set to close UK plant © PA Engineers working on a Jaguar V8 engine at Ford's Bridgend plant Ford is expected to announce plans to close its engine plant in Bridgend, with 1,700 jobs under threat, Sky News understands.

The car maker has called a meeting with union leaders on Thursday when an announcement on the future of the site in South Wales is set to be made.

As well as its 1,700-strong workforce, hundreds more people are employed in businesses that supply the plant, which has been manufacturing engines in Bridgend for 40 years.

A Unite spokesman said: "Unite will be meeting Ford first thing tomorrow morning and will comment further once the details of any announcement are known.

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FORD is set to close its plant in Bridgend, Wales, putting 1 , 700 jobs at risk, Sky News is reporting. Ford employs 1 , 700 people at its plant in Bridgend Wales. The car giant is set to announce the closure tomorrow, Sky Ford to AXE more than 550 UK employees as part of a MASSIVE restruc

Ford is planning to close its Bridgend engine plant , with the likely loss of more than 1 ,500 jobs , in the latest blow to a UK car industry battling a steep The planned closure , which was first reported by ITV News, comes amid steep cost-cutting at the US carmaker. In January Ford announced widespread

"Our priority is our members' jobs, the communities and livelihoods in the supply chain that Ford Bridgend supports."

Jeff Beck, regional organiser for the GMB union, said the closure of the plant would "mean disaster for both our members in Bridgend and the community at large".

He added: "The ironic part is, in the week that Donald Trump is meeting the UK prime minister and talking up a special relationship and trade deal with the UK and the US, if the plant does close the new line is likely to be taken to Mexico by an American company.

Fears for 1,700 jobs as Ford set to close UK plant © PA Ford employs 1,700 people at its Bridgend plant

"So much for the special relationship, Mr Trump."

On the future of the plant, a Ford spokesman said: "We don't comment on speculation."

The expected closure is the latest blow to Britain's car industry after Honda's decision to shut its Swindon plant in 2021, with the lost of 3,500 jobs, and Nissan cancelling plans to manufacture its X-Trail model in the UK.

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In February, Sky News revealed Ford was cutting up to 400 jobs in Bridgend in a voluntary redundancy drive - part of plans to axe many as 1,000 jobs at the plant over the next two years.

Meanwhile, the company announced last month that it was cutting 7,000 white collar jobs worldwide, with up to 550 expected in the UK.

The US-based firm employs about 13,000 people in the UK, roughly a quarter of its 54,000-strong workforce across Europe.

Ford's chairman told Sky News in April that it would take a "long hard look" at its UK operations in the event of no-deal Brexit.

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Fears for 1,700 jobs as Ford set to close UK plant

"Anything that puts either tariffs or friction at the borders in place - a no-deal Brexit - would be a disaster for Ford Motor Company but also the rest of the industry," he added.

Steven Armstrong said Ford had already spent tens of millions of euros preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal, including the stockpiling of components for its factories.

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