Speaking following Ford's announcement that it is introducing a voluntary redundancy programme for workers at its Bridgend engine plant, Unite Wales regional secretary Peter Hughes said: “Unite will be fully supporting our members at Ford Bridgend engine during this worrying and uncertain time. We want to ensure that they are able to make clear and informed decisions about their future, we will have resources in place to offer guidance and assistance during this difficult time for their families and the wider community.

"While the voluntary redundancy process is underway, we will continue to work with Ford and the Welsh government to try and find alternative investment for Bridgend to maximise employment at the plant.

"We will be urging Ford to ensure that the highly successful roll out of the Dragon engine is built upon, and that the plant's world class workforce is at the front of the queue if Ford decides to increase production volumes of Dragon.

"It is essential that the plant is used for any future production of hybrid technology and electric vehicle componentry and that a search for third party manufacturers to utilise any surplus space is given priority in order to maximise future jobs at Ford Bridgend."

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Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.