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Unite Wales reaction to Ford Bridgend JLR announcement

Unite Wales reaction to Ford Bridgend JLR announcement

28 September 2017

Responding to today’s confirmation by Ford that Bridgend will cease to produce engines for Jaguar Land Rover earlier than expected Unite Wales secretary Andy Richards said:  “Unite is not surprised by today’s announcement by Ford. We have long predicted that the JLR work at Bridgend may finish earlier than expected and today’s announcement confirms that. The grim future for Ford Bridgend has again today been brought into clear focus.

"What is of crucial importance now is that all interested parties work night and day to secure alternative future work for Ford Bridgend. We have been in initial discussions with Ford regarding future work streams but today’s announcement must ensure that this dialogue is strengthened, intensified and broadened out to involve a supportive Welsh government.

"Unite will put every resource necessary into ensuring  the survival of the Ford Bridgend plant and the thousands of jobs that depend on it. We expect Ford to put equal resource and commitment into this aim. The Ford workforce and the Welsh nation will expect nothing less."

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