Government pledge to help Ford workers

Mark Hoban MP.

Mark Hoban MP.

First published in Business Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Parliamentary Correspondent

THE Government will do all it can to help Ford workers bounce back from losing their jobs, a minister said yesterday.

Fareham MP Mark Hoban said he had been “frustrated” by the motor giant’s plans to shut its Swaythling plant, but said it had been the victim of “the global economy”.

The Employment Minister was speaking to the Daily Echo yesterday as new figures were published showing the scale of unemployment across Hampshire.

And his comments came as a Southampton vehicle upholsterer became the latest victim of Ford’s decision to quit the city.

Some 30 jobs are to go at Magna Seating, which has played a key part in the Transit production line over the years from its factory in Swaythling, next door to Ford.

Bosses at the international firm say “there is no longer a viable business case” for the facility in light of the Ford closure bombshell.

A Magna spokesman described the closure plan as a “difficult decision”, adding: “Magna Seating will assist, where possible, with the transfer of employees into other Magna facilities where there are openings.”

Dole queues across Southampton, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight were virtually unchanged in October from the previous month. A total of 18,694 people were claiming job seeker’s allowance – around 900 lower than a year ago.

However, the figures do not reflect the job losses as a result of Ford’s closure due in July, which will show in future months’ reports.

On top of the 500 jobs lost at Ford and 30 posts at Magna, hundreds more are expected to go in the local supply chain.

Mr Hoban said the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership was working with Job Centre Plus to help sacked workers use their skills in other jobs.

But he admitted the recovery would be “a long process”.

He added: “No one is happy with a plant like that closing, it’s been part of the fabric of south east Hampshire for some time, so it is frustrating.

“But I think we have to recognise that this is a global economy, economies have to adapt and change to survive, and this is one of the challenges that Ford faces as a company, and one of the challenges we face as a country too.”

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10:33am Thu 15 Nov 12

nedscrumpo says...

but they won't help the council workers!
but they won't help the council workers! nedscrumpo
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10:40am Thu 15 Nov 12

southy says...

Way to help the Ford workers is to make it a State Co-op.
Way to help the Ford workers is to make it a State Co-op. southy
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10:53am Thu 15 Nov 12

Over the Edge says...

Too little too late,,,,,why is he banging on about JCP helping redundant Ford workers transfer their skill in to other jobs,,,,isn't that what the JCP staff are supposed to be doing anyway and also what other jobs?

They could become council workers,, ooop's sorry they're laying off as well....

Private sector picking redundant workers from the public sector,,,,my @rse
Too little too late,,,,,why is he banging on about JCP helping redundant Ford workers transfer their skill in to other jobs,,,,isn't that what the JCP staff are supposed to be doing anyway and also what other jobs? They could become council workers,, ooop's sorry they're laying off as well.... Private sector picking redundant workers from the public sector,,,,my @rse Over the Edge
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10:53am Thu 15 Nov 12

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
Way to help the Ford workers is to make it a State Co-op.
That's an idea.

Never never never going to happen.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Way to help the Ford workers is to make it a State Co-op.[/p][/quote]That's an idea. Never never never going to happen. Shoong
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11:23am Thu 15 Nov 12

southy says...

Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
Way to help the Ford workers is to make it a State Co-op.
That's an idea.

Never never never going to happen.
We know it will never happen under a Capitalist Government, So much for there open free market place, when they do not have other types of industarys way of running, and will not allow it because the private sector can not compete with a state nationalise industary let alone a Co-op one.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Way to help the Ford workers is to make it a State Co-op.[/p][/quote]That's an idea. Never never never going to happen.[/p][/quote]We know it will never happen under a Capitalist Government, So much for there open free market place, when they do not have other types of industarys way of running, and will not allow it because the private sector can not compete with a state nationalise industary let alone a Co-op one. southy
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11:28am Thu 15 Nov 12

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
Way to help the Ford workers is to make it a State Co-op.
That's an idea.

Never never never going to happen.
We know it will never happen under a Capitalist Government, So much for there open free market place, when they do not have other types of industarys way of running, and will not allow it because the private sector can not compete with a state nationalise industary let alone a Co-op one.
I can only refer the gentleman to my previous comment.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Way to help the Ford workers is to make it a State Co-op.[/p][/quote]That's an idea. Never never never going to happen.[/p][/quote]We know it will never happen under a Capitalist Government, So much for there open free market place, when they do not have other types of industarys way of running, and will not allow it because the private sector can not compete with a state nationalise industary let alone a Co-op one.[/p][/quote]I can only refer the gentleman to my previous comment. Shoong
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12:14pm Thu 15 Nov 12

southy says...

Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
Way to help the Ford workers is to make it a State Co-op.
That's an idea.

Never never never going to happen.
We know it will never happen under a Capitalist Government, So much for there open free market place, when they do not have other types of industarys way of running, and will not allow it because the private sector can not compete with a state nationalise industary let alone a Co-op one.
I can only refer the gentleman to my previous comment.
Yes and theres your reason why it will not happen, The Private sector do not want a any kind of Public sector, for that reason it can not compete with it.
What is slowly happening is a cartel in the market place, a close market place only open to the Private sector.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Way to help the Ford workers is to make it a State Co-op.[/p][/quote]That's an idea. Never never never going to happen.[/p][/quote]We know it will never happen under a Capitalist Government, So much for there open free market place, when they do not have other types of industarys way of running, and will not allow it because the private sector can not compete with a state nationalise industary let alone a Co-op one.[/p][/quote]I can only refer the gentleman to my previous comment.[/p][/quote]Yes and theres your reason why it will not happen, The Private sector do not want a any kind of Public sector, for that reason it can not compete with it. What is slowly happening is a cartel in the market place, a close market place only open to the Private sector. southy
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12:15pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Lockssmart says...

You know you're in safe hands with Mark Hoban. What a guy!
You know you're in safe hands with Mark Hoban. What a guy! Lockssmart
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12:16pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
Way to help the Ford workers is to make it a State Co-op.
That's an idea.

Never never never going to happen.
We know it will never happen under a Capitalist Government, So much for there open free market place, when they do not have other types of industarys way of running, and will not allow it because the private sector can not compete with a state nationalise industary let alone a Co-op one.
I can only refer the gentleman to my previous comment.
Yes and theres your reason why it will not happen, The Private sector do not want a any kind of Public sector, for that reason it can not compete with it.
What is slowly happening is a cartel in the market place, a close market place only open to the Private sector.
Yes, there's no need to repeat yourself, we all know what you are about.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Way to help the Ford workers is to make it a State Co-op.[/p][/quote]That's an idea. Never never never going to happen.[/p][/quote]We know it will never happen under a Capitalist Government, So much for there open free market place, when they do not have other types of industarys way of running, and will not allow it because the private sector can not compete with a state nationalise industary let alone a Co-op one.[/p][/quote]I can only refer the gentleman to my previous comment.[/p][/quote]Yes and theres your reason why it will not happen, The Private sector do not want a any kind of Public sector, for that reason it can not compete with it. What is slowly happening is a cartel in the market place, a close market place only open to the Private sector.[/p][/quote]Yes, there's no need to repeat yourself, we all know what you are about. Shoong
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2:31pm Thu 15 Nov 12

bazzeroz says...

Are they really called 'dole queues' any more. And as for the government helping what, can they do? Magic up a few hundred jobs? T.ossers.
Are they really called 'dole queues' any more. And as for the government helping what, can they do? Magic up a few hundred jobs? T.ossers. bazzeroz
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3:28pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Linesman says...

bazzeroz wrote:
Are they really called 'dole queues' any more. And as for the government helping what, can they do? Magic up a few hundred jobs? T.ossers.
No, of course not.

Good kids when it comes to Magic up a few Thousand job cuts, but sadly lacking when it comes to positive action on job creation.
[quote][p][bold]bazzeroz[/bold] wrote: Are they really called 'dole queues' any more. And as for the government helping what, can they do? Magic up a few hundred jobs? T.ossers.[/p][/quote]No, of course not. Good kids when it comes to Magic up a few Thousand job cuts, but sadly lacking when it comes to positive action on job creation. Linesman
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3:46pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Torchie1 says...

southy wrote:
Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
Way to help the Ford workers is to make it a State Co-op.
That's an idea.

Never never never going to happen.
We know it will never happen under a Capitalist Government, So much for there open free market place, when they do not have other types of industarys way of running, and will not allow it because the private sector can not compete with a state nationalise industary let alone a Co-op one.
I can only refer the gentleman to my previous comment.
Yes and theres your reason why it will not happen, The Private sector do not want a any kind of Public sector, for that reason it can not compete with it.
What is slowly happening is a cartel in the market place, a close market place only open to the Private sector.
A Co-op type factory would be an excellent idea and what better way to show that Tusc is a party for the people than to commit its funds to the project. More money can be underwritten by the various unions representing the workforce and a large slice can be counted on from the redundancy payments. Venture capital is available from EU sources as long as it is matched by a percentage of existing funds and the knowledge of this eye watering debt will help concentrate the workforce/owners on the success of the new business.No law can prevent you from this type of move so let's hear your thoughts on the subject. It's a far cry from trying to lay claim to someone elses established business but it would be the co-op that you dream of.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Way to help the Ford workers is to make it a State Co-op.[/p][/quote]That's an idea. Never never never going to happen.[/p][/quote]We know it will never happen under a Capitalist Government, So much for there open free market place, when they do not have other types of industarys way of running, and will not allow it because the private sector can not compete with a state nationalise industary let alone a Co-op one.[/p][/quote]I can only refer the gentleman to my previous comment.[/p][/quote]Yes and theres your reason why it will not happen, The Private sector do not want a any kind of Public sector, for that reason it can not compete with it. What is slowly happening is a cartel in the market place, a close market place only open to the Private sector.[/p][/quote]A Co-op type factory would be an excellent idea and what better way to show that Tusc is a party for the people than to commit its funds to the project. More money can be underwritten by the various unions representing the workforce and a large slice can be counted on from the redundancy payments. Venture capital is available from EU sources as long as it is matched by a percentage of existing funds and the knowledge of this eye watering debt will help concentrate the workforce/owners on the success of the new business.No law can prevent you from this type of move so let's hear your thoughts on the subject. It's a far cry from trying to lay claim to someone elses established business but it would be the co-op that you dream of. Torchie1
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3:57pm Thu 15 Nov 12

bazzeroz says...

Ha! I just heard that Helius are looking into purchasing the site for its new biomass plant so, Freemantle residents will be happy now.
Ha! I just heard that Helius are looking into purchasing the site for its new biomass plant so, Freemantle residents will be happy now. bazzeroz
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10:41pm Thu 15 Nov 12

i-speak-the-truth says...

"A total of 18,694 people were claiming job seeker’s allowance – around 900 lower than a year ago."

Who on earth do they think they are kidding? These numbers are a farce and meaningless. They do not reflect the number of people out of work and looking for a job.

Sure, there may be 18,694 people claiming job seekers allowance, but how many thousands have been removed from JSA as they no longer qualify for it yet are job jobless?

Our son was one such case. Not enough NI contributions so they stopped his Job Seekers allowance after a few months. Very helpful.

It's about time this Government came clean about the number of jobless people. Double that figure and it might be somewhere close to the truth.
"A total of 18,694 people were claiming job seeker’s allowance – around 900 lower than a year ago." Who on earth do they think they are kidding? These numbers are a farce and meaningless. They do not reflect the number of people out of work and looking for a job. Sure, there may be 18,694 people claiming job seekers allowance, but how many thousands have been removed from JSA as they no longer qualify for it yet are job jobless? Our son was one such case. Not enough NI contributions so they stopped his Job Seekers allowance after a few months. Very helpful. It's about time this Government came clean about the number of jobless people. Double that figure and it might be somewhere close to the truth. i-speak-the-truth
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11:55pm Thu 15 Nov 12

sass says...

bazzeroz wrote:
Ha! I just heard that Helius are looking into purchasing the site for its new biomass plant so, Freemantle residents will be happy now.
So they will be flying in the wood chips then?
[quote][p][bold]bazzeroz[/bold] wrote: Ha! I just heard that Helius are looking into purchasing the site for its new biomass plant so, Freemantle residents will be happy now.[/p][/quote]So they will be flying in the wood chips then? sass
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7:58am Fri 16 Nov 12

Sir naggedalot says...

I can think of at least two things to reinvent the plant as a productive work place, with little or no extra investment that are sustainable and provide a symbiotic and sustainable relationship with the local community!

Unite have members who work for Fords and Contractors at the Plant.

But I am a nobody as I am not a Unite member, or so I was told by Fred Hanna!

No wonder Unite is the shambles it is if Fred Hanna is anything to go bye.

He invited himself to a meeting where he only asked questions that had already been asked weeks ago and promptly turned one of the contractors Consultation meetings into a full blown argument.

When difficult questions were put to him he refused to answer them as they were put to him by an ex unite member.

The meeting was not a Unite meeting so why invite yourself then refuse to talk to members of the consultation group when they start to ask difficult questions?

I will not talk about how rude and aggressive the majority of the group thought he was and one Unite member even said that "His behaviour in the meeting made me want to leave Unite” others were glad they left the Unite when they did!

Unite in my eyes have only ever let the contractors on the plant hang while fluffing the pillows of the comfy beds they made for the Ford workers to rollover and sleep in while plant crumbled around them!

Unite have been all most silent and I am yet to see a protest from them at the gate of Fords Southampton.

Maybe Unite could start by spending the £1500+ a month subs they collect from the non-Ford Unite members who will be forced to walk away with nothing!

Unite are still trying to save the plant but have openly admitted that they have no ideas as to how they are going to do it!

Where have been Southampton’s workers voices on the ONE FORD world stage?
I can think of at least two things to reinvent the plant as a productive work place, with little or no extra investment that are sustainable and provide a symbiotic and sustainable relationship with the local community! Unite have members who work for Fords and Contractors at the Plant. But I am a nobody as I am not a Unite member, or so I was told by Fred Hanna! No wonder Unite is the shambles it is if Fred Hanna is anything to go bye. He invited himself to a meeting where he only asked questions that had already been asked weeks ago and promptly turned one of the contractors Consultation meetings into a full blown argument. When difficult questions were put to him he refused to answer them as they were put to him by an ex unite member. The meeting was not a Unite meeting so why invite yourself then refuse to talk to members of the consultation group when they start to ask difficult questions? I will not talk about how rude and aggressive the majority of the group thought he was and one Unite member even said that "His behaviour in the meeting made me want to leave Unite” others were glad they left the Unite when they did! Unite in my eyes have only ever let the contractors on the plant hang while fluffing the pillows of the comfy beds they made for the Ford workers to rollover and sleep in while plant crumbled around them! Unite have been all most silent and I am yet to see a protest from them at the gate of Fords Southampton. Maybe Unite could start by spending the £1500+ a month subs they collect from the non-Ford Unite members who will be forced to walk away with nothing! Unite are still trying to save the plant but have openly admitted that they have no ideas as to how they are going to do it! Where have been Southampton’s workers voices on the ONE FORD world stage? Sir naggedalot
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