Union bosses accuse Ford of behaving disgracefully

Daily Echo: Len McCluskey Len McCluskey

Union bosses today accused Ford of behaving "disgracefully" over the closure of the plant.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey accused Ford of betraying its workforce and said the announcement had been handled ''disgracefully''.

He said: ''Only a few months ago Ford was promising staff a new Transit model for Southampton in 2014.

“The planned closures will really hurt the local economies and the supply chain will be badly hit - up to 10,000 jobs could be at risk.

''The Transit has been the best-selling van in the UK for over a quarter of a century.

"It has a future in the UK if this Government is prepared to fight for real jobs and persuade Ford to keep manufacturing vehicles in the UK.''

Justin Bowden, national officer of the GMB union, said: ''This is devastating news for the workers in Southampton and Dagenham and is very bad news for UK manufacturing.

''Ford's track record in Britain is one of broken promises and factory closures. There will be a feeling of shock and anger, and Ford's commitment on investment will cut little ice.''

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4:15pm Thu 25 Oct 12

George4th says...

With the history of agitation and strikes at Fords, I find it amusing that these Union dinosaurs are bleating about Fords behaving badly!!!!
With the history of agitation and strikes at Fords, I find it amusing that these Union dinosaurs are bleating about Fords behaving badly!!!! George4th
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4:19pm Thu 25 Oct 12

aldermoorboy says...

Sad for those losing their jobs, but union leaders do not help with their attitude.
Moderate union leaders over the years may have kept more jobs in this country, time for a change in union leadership.
Sad for those losing their jobs, but union leaders do not help with their attitude. Moderate union leaders over the years may have kept more jobs in this country, time for a change in union leadership. aldermoorboy
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4:41pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Stillness says...

I wonder why the echo has found it necessary to delete so many posts today. Are they owned by the unions lol?
I wonder why the echo has found it necessary to delete so many posts today. Are they owned by the unions lol? Stillness
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4:56pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Shoong says...

Bit of a hypocrite, ol' red Len.
Bit of a hypocrite, ol' red Len. Shoong
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5:26pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Stillness says...

Shoong wrote:
Bit of a hypocrite, ol' red Len.
Yes, and the other bit is pure ****.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: Bit of a hypocrite, ol' red Len.[/p][/quote]Yes, and the other bit is pure ****. Stillness
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5:47pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Stillness says...

Stillness wrote:
Shoong wrote:
Bit of a hypocrite, ol' red Len.
Yes, and the other bit is pure ****.
Sounds like "trap".
[quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: Bit of a hypocrite, ol' red Len.[/p][/quote]Yes, and the other bit is pure ****.[/p][/quote]Sounds like "trap". Stillness
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