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Unite Wales to take Ford Bridgend Fight to the USA

Senior Unite officials along with trade union representatives from the Ford Bridgend Plant will meet with Welsh government ministers today. The meeting, taking place at the Waterton Centre in Bridgend has been convened to facilitate a high-level discussion regarding the future of the Ford Bridgend engine plant.

Peter Hughes, Unite Wales regional secretary, commented: “Following several mass meetings of our members at Ford last week it is clear to us now that there is an acceptance on site that Ford UK and Ford Europe are not willing to reverse their decision to close the plant. This is despite the fact that the company recognise that the Unions and the workforce have transformed the economic performance of the plant in recent years, establishing it as one of the best preforming plants worldwide.

"Ford has admitted that the Dragon engine platform has a bright future in the UK and European market. Whilst it makes perfect sense to keep a footprint in Bridgend to take advantage of this a couple of years down the line, Ford's plan is to manufacture engines at lower cost in Mexico and ship them half way around the world back into the European market. This plan to maximise profits flies in the face of Ford's commitment to the UK and is completely contrary to its supposed green credentials.

"Unite is determined to do everything we can to ensure Ford maintains a level of viable production at this world class plant. The only avenue open to us now is to take our fight to the highest levels within Ford Global in the USA. We will be seeking support from the highest levels of Welsh government in the next stage of our campaign and are hopeful that a joint trade union / Welsh government delegation to the USA can be agreed at the meeting today.

"I am certain that the proud and loyal workforce at Bridgend will continue to show in the coming months that the performance of the plant warrants Ford Global taking another look at its proposals for Bridgend. It is on this basis that we will be arguing for a future for Ford Bridgend when we visit the US in the very near future."

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  • The meeting with Welsh government will take place from 14:00 at the Waterton Centre. Unite officials will be available for interview from 16:00 at the Waterton Centre, Bridgend, CF31 3WT.

For further information and to arrange media interviews please contact Glyn Conolly on 07974 131771.

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

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