Friday 25 September will mark the final day of engine production at Ford Bridgend and the closure of what has been a historic and iconic manufacturing site for Wales. Today will signal the end of their employment with Ford for the vast majority of the 1700 workers employed on the site.

Peter Hughes, Unite Wales Secretary commented: “Today is a desperately sad day for all the Welsh workers whose employment with Ford officially ends today. It is also a dark day for the many thousands of others who also worked at this iconic manufacturing facility over the past 40 years.

"Ford Bridgend was able to hold its own against other Ford sites across the world throughout those four decades for one reason only, its world class workforce. Nothing has changed in this respect in recent years. Every one of the workers who are finishing their time with Ford today retain their status as a world class manufacturing worker. What did and has changed is Fords commitment to Wales and the UK.

"Unite and its predecessor Unions has been extremely proud to represent the workers at Ford Bridgend from the very start of production in 1980 until today. We will continue to support our members as they seek employment in new jobs and with new employers. They will always be part of the Unite family.”

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For further information please contact Glyn Conolly on ‪07974 131771
  
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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