Ford announces up to 400 job losses for Bridgend Plant

Vehicle manufacturer Ford has announced plans to cut up to 400 jobs at their Bridgend engine plant, with further redundancies expected across European sites.

Sky News reported that trade union officials were only notified of the losses, which will at this stage only be via voluntary redundancy, on Friday morning.

A Ford spokesman said in a statement:

“Ford is introducing a voluntary separation programme for hourly and salaried employees at its Bridgend Engine Plant in South Wales as part of its ongoing actions to create a sustainably profitable business in Europe.

“The programme follows discussion with the union on matching the plant’s labour requirements to the projected production volume expectations in the near term.

“It is anticipated that the majority of employees who apply and are selected for voluntary separation under this programme will leave Ford employment in the third and fourth quarters of 2019.”