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GMB ‘shocked’ by ‘hammer blow’ Ford Bridgend closure

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06 Jun 2019
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GMB, the union for Ford workers in Bridgend, has reacted with shock to today’s announcement.

Ford’s plant in Bridgend - which has been operational since 1977 – is set to close in September next year.


Jeff Beck, Regional Organiser, said:

“We’re hugely shocked by today’s announcement, it's a real hammer blow for the Welsh economy and the community in Bridgend. 

“Regardless of today’s announcement GMB will continue to work with Ford, our sister unions and the Welsh Government to find a solution to the issue and mitigate the effects of this devastating news.

“What makes it worse is Donald Trump is in this country talking about a possible trade deal between the UK and the US - yet  when the plant closes the new line is likely to be produced in Mexico by an American company. 

“So much for the special relationship Mr Trump.”


 

Mike Payne, GMB Senior Organiser, said:

"Today we're seeing the disastrous consequences for the UK Government’s failure to implement a manufacturing strategy, long called for by GMB.

"With almost 500,000 jobs lost in manufacturing during the past ten years and the Government’s dithering over Brexit - we are now paying the price for the Tories’ inaction

"It’s now incumbent upon us to work with Ford, our sister unions and the Welsh Government to help mitigate the damage this will cause the South Wales economy with the loss of these high skilled, well-paid jobs."

 
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