Joint Unite the Union and Welsh Government Statement o...

Joint Unite the union and Welsh government statement on Ford Bridgend engine plant

14 September 2016

In a joint statement Economy and Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates and Unite Wales secretary Andy Richards said:  "The Ford engine plant has been a vital part of the local community in Bridgend over the last 35 years and is today one of the most important pieces of our manufacturing economy in Wales. The 1,850 workers at the site are some of the most skilled anywhere in the UK and the Welsh government and Unite want to work together with the company in the coming months to ensure it has a bright future.

"Whilst changes in global demand create challenges, by working together with the company and by investing in innovation we believe that there is a way to ensure Ford keeps high quality production and good quality jobs here in Wales.

"The Welsh government will take forward high level discussions with Ford in the coming weeks to ensure the Bridgend Engine Plant continues to play a key role in Ford’s global engine strategy. They will put forward Unite’s concerns and seek assurances from the company on the protection of jobs and production at the plant into the long-term."


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