Unite the union has today held a series of mass meetings with the Ford Bridgend workforce to assess their views as to how the union should proceed on their behalf. Following the meetings a consultative ballot took place which delivered an overwhelming mandate for Unite to fight for the future of the plant. 83 per cent of those who voted have indicated that they would be prepared to fight the plant closure proposals, through industrial action if necessary.

Peter Hughes, Unite Wales regional secretary commented: “Our members at Ford Bridgend have today clearly expressed their view that they are willing to take on Ford and fight hard to secure a future for their world class plant. The consultative ballot clearly demonstrates that the workforce are not prepared to lie down and quietly accept their fate. They are not prepared to let Ford deliver an act of unprecedented industrial sabotage, the ramifications of which would be devastation of the Bridgend area and the Welsh automotive supply chain.

“Ford must now acknowledge that its strategy to exit Bridgend does not have the confidence of the workforce. On a wider level the company must also acknowledge the overwhelming anger expressed by the Welsh public and from politicians from across the political spectrum.

“Ford must take stock of the feelings of its loyal workforce and think again. Unite’s objective is to save this plant and secure the maximum amount of Ford jobs for future generations. Ford must now engage in meaningful discussions with Unite and government at both Welsh and UK level, to put together an alternative plan for the Bridgend site.”

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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.