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Daily Echo: Crisis talks to be held over Ford closure Crisis talks to be held over Ford closure

Crisis talks take place today over Ford’s plans to shut down Southampton’s Transit factory.

Union bosses will meet with convenors and shop stewards at the Swaythling plant this morning to discuss the shock closure announcement made last week.

And later today Southampton City Council boss Richard Williams will come face to face with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

During the talks Cllr Williams will push for more Government investment to boost jobs in the Southampton area.

He will ask the Government to transform the Ford Swaythling site into an enterprise zone to attract new businesses.

Following the closure of the transit factory in July next year more than 500 Ford staff will lose their jobs.

One top of that, as revealed in Saturday’s Daily Echo, hundreds more workers employed by firms with contracts to supply Ford at also at risk.

Those job losses come on top of hundreds of other redundancies announced in the area this year, including 500 jobs at British Gas, and others at Skandia and B and Q.

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7:17am Mon 29 Oct 12

hulla baloo says...

Why crisis talks about Fords? This has been on the cards for years and was inevitable.
Talks should be held about what to do with the site and attracting alternative future investors.
Why crisis talks about Fords? This has been on the cards for years and was inevitable. Talks should be held about what to do with the site and attracting alternative future investors. hulla baloo
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7:22am Mon 29 Oct 12

Southampton boy says...

Fords will not change there plans for anyone the Gov over the past 20years or even more have given Fords money to help them to stay in the UK, if I remember correctly on the last time they let 500 employees go the Gov at the time give Ford £49m to help with the investment in the UK the biggest question is for me how come Honda and others can make it pay to invest in the UK and Fords can't also why is it that Turkey can import to the EU with out paying import tax like other non EU country's we should have been more like Germany as Fords could never pull out her as the cost to the company would break them we have made it to easy and also it seems we have given them the money to pull out its a sad sad times
Fords will not change there plans for anyone the Gov over the past 20years or even more have given Fords money to help them to stay in the UK, if I remember correctly on the last time they let 500 employees go the Gov at the time give Ford £49m to help with the investment in the UK the biggest question is for me how come Honda and others can make it pay to invest in the UK and Fords can't also why is it that Turkey can import to the EU with out paying import tax like other non EU country's we should have been more like Germany as Fords could never pull out her as the cost to the company would break them we have made it to easy and also it seems we have given them the money to pull out its a sad sad times Southampton boy
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7:23am Mon 29 Oct 12

Southampton boy says...

May be give the site to Honda and let them build a van here in Southampton they would have a ready trained employees!!!
May be give the site to Honda and let them build a van here in Southampton they would have a ready trained employees!!! Southampton boy
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7:29am Mon 29 Oct 12

townieboy says...

Imagine tne disappointment if they save the plant. Some would miss out on £100,000 pay out and £1200 a month pension. That would hurt.
Imagine tne disappointment if they save the plant. Some would miss out on £100,000 pay out and £1200 a month pension. That would hurt. townieboy
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9:02am Mon 29 Oct 12

AndyAndrews says...

Nick Clegg will be as much use as a chocolate teapot!
Nick Clegg will be as much use as a chocolate teapot! AndyAndrews
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9:48am Mon 29 Oct 12

Georgem says...

"Shock closure"? Only if you've had your head buried in the sand whilst reciting "the unions will save us!" over and over again.
"Shock closure"? Only if you've had your head buried in the sand whilst reciting "the unions will save us!" over and over again. Georgem
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10:10am Mon 29 Oct 12

ohec says...

townieboy wrote:
Imagine tne disappointment if they save the plant. Some would miss out on £100,000 pay out and £1200 a month pension. That would hurt.
You are a very sick person.
[quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: Imagine tne disappointment if they save the plant. Some would miss out on £100,000 pay out and £1200 a month pension. That would hurt.[/p][/quote]You are a very sick person. ohec
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12:18pm Mon 29 Oct 12

housewife says...

"shock closure"
The 30% oversupply in European car manufacturing has been in the economics text books for nearly 30 years.
Only daft amounts of borrowing and state funding have deferred the decision for years and years.
"shock closure" The 30% oversupply in European car manufacturing has been in the economics text books for nearly 30 years. Only daft amounts of borrowing and state funding have deferred the decision for years and years. housewife
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2:04pm Mon 29 Oct 12

Shoong says...

Let's hope there's enough egg and cress sandwiches and lashings of wine for everyone who attends. Everyone else can eat cake.
Let's hope there's enough egg and cress sandwiches and lashings of wine for everyone who attends. Everyone else can eat cake. Shoong
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