Unite national officer for automotive Des Quinn said: “Unite will be demanding that the company opens the books to determine how to save as many jobs at Ford as possible.

“Meanwhile, it is clear the government has absolutely no industrial plan for the successful electrification of the UK’s automotive industry and the crucial jobs it supports.

“The UK is being perilously left behind by competitor nations whose governments have had the foresight to implement a strategy for green vehicle production and green transport networks. 

“Just look at the state of the UK’s gigafactory plans, which are absolutely necessary for the future of the sector: The flagship British Volt site descended into ignominious collapse with its future now dependent on an Australian firm because of the government’s fatal worship of the market.

“The time for action is now: Ministers must deliver a comprehensive industrial strategy to ensure certainty and investment in the UK automotive sector.”


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