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Ford Bridgend plant to close in 2020 with 1,700 job losses

by LLB Reporter

Union officials have been told about the details to close Ford’s Bridgend plant in September 2020 with the loss of 1,700 jobs.

Plans are being discussed with union officials to offer redeployment of worker to other sites, workers arriving to work have said they are “devastated.”

It is understood that Ford are blaming “under utilisation” and cost disadvantage compared to other sites.

Many companies in the supply chain will be affected in South Wales, the GMB union said the Bridgend plant closure would “mean disaster” as Ford is one of the biggest employers for the market town.

Tony Philips who has worked at the engine plant for 31-years said, “I’m expecting to lose my job this morning.”

Adding, “These are good, well-paid jobs.”

Mark Lendrum another plant worker said he is “devastated” and said, “South Wales is going to be like a ghost town.”

GMB regional organiser Jeff Beck said, “It will mean disaster for both our members in Bridgend and the community at large.”

Former first minister Carwyn Jones told BBC Radio Wales, “Nobody would have thought before yesterday that this plant would close completely.

“Yes, there were challenges in terms of jobs, but there were also opportunities.”

Speaking of the closure, Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price said this will be “one of the most bitter blows” for the Welsh economy.

“Ford is the jewel in the crown of the car industry, which is the hardcore of our manufacturing sector, so the implications of this in terms of the supply chain in terms of job losses is very, very grave indeed.”

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