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Unite Wales vows to fight for an alternative future for Ford Bridgend Engine Plant

Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, has vowed to fight for an alternative future for Ford’s Bridgend Engine Plant following a meeting with Wales’ first minister Mark Drakeford today (January 16).

Unite Wales regional secretary Peter Hughes said: “If the proposals outlined by Ford last week are not supplemented with alternative product investment they will leave the site in a weak position, with the danger being that Bridgend becomes economically unviable.

“Unite has long been predicting that due to the current works stream coming to an end large numbers of jobs are at risk.

“Mark Drakeford has today confirmed, to Unite and Ford, that the Welsh Government will do everything it can to facilitate alternative investment at Bridgend. Unite is determined to deliver a bright future for Bridgend and will continue to urge Ford to explore every possible avenue of additional work for the site.

“Our primary focus is for Ford to provide alternative work and employment. It is essential that the successful roll out of the Dragon engine is built upon, the plant’s world class workforce should ensure that it is at the front of the queue if Ford decides to increase production volumes of Dragon.

“In addition to this, the plant should be strongly considered for any future production of hybrid technology and electric vehicle componentry.

“Finally, there should be a robust search for third party manufacturers to provide employment and utilise any future surplus space within the plant.

“What is essential is a positive commitment from Ford that they are willing to work closely with Unite and the Welsh Government to aggressively explore every opportunity there is to find alternative future work for the plant.

“In relation to plans to substantially reduce the headcount at Bridgend, Unite has been very clear that we will not accept a single compulsory redundancy of any Unite member.

“The proposals as they stand must be reassessed and refocussed on the development of a long term sustainable plan for the plant’s future. Ford Bridgend is an iconic component within Wales’ economic landscape and a world class manufacturing facility. We must all work together to make sure it remains so.”

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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.

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