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Ford bosses cannot rule out job losses
Employess across the country, including 500 at Swaythling , have been offered voluntary redundancy as the firm looks to axe “several hundred” jobs across Europe.
The car and van manufacturer also wants to reduce spending on agency workers amid falling sales.
If there is not a high enough take up of voluntary redundancy the company has not ruled out making compulsory cuts.
So far no exact details have been released about where the axe will fall and how many jobs will go. But union bosses have warned that managerial and engineering jobs could be under threat.
Last night Southampton Itchen MP John Denham said any news of staff reductions was “worrying”.
He said: “Ford has been a major part of this city’s economy and it is bound to be a worrying time. The truth is that the European vehicle market is in a tough state at the moment. I think every job loss is to be regretted, even if it is through a voluntary redundancy.
“Every time jobs are lost – weather it is by voluntary or compulsory redundancy – it reduces the amount of spending power people that people have in the city.”
Last year Swaythling produced 28,000 short and medium wheel base Transit vehicles and will shortly become the lead European plant for the chassis cab variants of the next model Transit.
The firm will conduct three job cutting programmes in Germany, the UK and the rest of Europe.
When asked whether compulsory redundancies could be ruled out in the event that not enough workers came forward to leave by choice, a Ford spokesman said: “I cannot rule it out.”
And in a statement the firm added: “The reductions will be achieved through a combination of voluntary Ford salaried staff separations and reductions in expenditure on agency workers and purchased services.
“Ford of Europe expects the programmes to result in the reduction of several hundred salaried positions, but exact figures won’t be known for a few months.
“Any Ford salaried staff separations across all three programmes will be purely voluntary.”
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