Len McCluskey, the leader of Britain’s largest union, Unite will be calling on senior Ford executives based in the United States to meet with the union and provide answers over the future of the car maker’s engine plant in Bridgend.
The call comes as the Unite general secretary hosts an emergency meeting of senior Unite Ford reps today (Thursday 15 September) at the union’s headquarters in London. The meeting comes following Ford’s decision to halve the intended Dragon engine capacity at its Bridgend Engine plant.
With other engines produced at Bridgend coming to the end of their production lifespan, Unite is seeking urgent assurances over the car maker’s desire to keep its Bridgend plant as a key component within its global engine strategy.
Unite Wales and the Welsh government have agreed a joint statement (see notes to editors) which calls on Ford to maintain investment and quality jobs in the UK as well as demanding clarity over its future plans for Bridgend.
Commenting Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “The scaling back of the Dragon engine investment at Bridgend is extremely concerning. It raises serious questions over Ford’s long term intentions for Bridgend and its commitment to its entire UK operation.
“Ford needs to provide answers fast if it is head off speculation that it has a hidden exit plan for its UK sites. The Welsh government has already backed Unite’s calls for more transparency from Ford and it is now time for prime minister Theresa May and the Westminster government to do the same.
“Ultimately the decisions around Ford UK are made around the boardroom table in Detroit. Today we are calling on the most senior Ford executives in the US to meet with myself and Unite to discuss these critical matters”.
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