Cuts and Swaythling Transit plant have knock-on effect across Southampton

Daily Echo: Ford jobs fallout across Hampshire Ford jobs fallout across Hampshire

AROUND 100 workers face the axe as the aftershock of huge Ford cutbacks hits the supply chain.

These job losses come after it emerged the motor giant is to slash its 1,100 strong Southampton workforce by almost half.

The Daily Echo understands contractor Penske Logistics is planning to shed around 30 people while Hamptons is looking to cut 35 jobs.

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Another 25 have just lost their jobs at nearby Magna Seating and a handful may be lost from smaller companies who also supply the plant.

Union bosses fear more may lose their jobs if the financial situation worsens.

Ian Woodland, Unite union’s regional officer, said: “We are doing all we can to save as many jobs as possible in the supply chain.

“It is disappointing but unsurprising with the reductions at Ford. We are now playing a waiting game.”

The devastating news that the company was looking to shed 500 jobs was exclusively revealed by the Daily Echo last month.

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The bombshell came after nervous workers had endured weeks of downtime and extended shutdowns.

Ford staff remaining at the giant Swaythling operation fear they will be £300 a month worse off with the loss of overtime bonuses and shift allowances.

Terry Vincent, Hampton’s operations director, said: “We have been affected by the situation at Ford and sadly had to cut around 30 per cent of our staff.

“If Ford continues to operate on a single shift I believe we can sustain our staffing levels but any other cuts at the factory could have an impact on us.”

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12:12pm Mon 16 Mar 09

Finlay says...

Has Ford closed down then?

Why wasn't it reported on?
Has Ford closed down then? Why wasn't it reported on? Finlay
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12:28pm Mon 16 Mar 09

Georgem says...

Finlay wrote:
Has Ford closed down then?

Why wasn't it reported on?
Re-read the story. The Soton Ford workforce was "slashed" by almost half. Doesn't sound very "closed down" to me
[quote][p][bold]Finlay[/bold] wrote: Has Ford closed down then? Why wasn't it reported on? [/p][/quote]Re-read the story. The Soton Ford workforce was "slashed" by almost half. Doesn't sound very "closed down" to me Georgem
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9:55pm Mon 16 Mar 09

Finlay says...

So its undergoing an expansion plan then huh?
So its undergoing an expansion plan then huh? Finlay
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10:08pm Mon 16 Mar 09

Georgem says...

Finlay wrote:
So its undergoing an expansion plan then huh?
So either a business is expanding, or it's closed down? I don't know if you've noticed, but the world economy is in a spot of bother at the moment, and some companies are having to reduce costs to stay afloat. Complicated stuff, I know, but there you go
[quote][p][bold]Finlay[/bold] wrote: So its undergoing an expansion plan then huh?[/p][/quote]So either a business is expanding, or it's closed down? I don't know if you've noticed, but the world economy is in a spot of bother at the moment, and some companies are having to reduce costs to stay afloat. Complicated stuff, I know, but there you go Georgem
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6:52am Tue 17 Mar 09

afpeace says...

See in Romania.
Ford to build low capacity car engines in Craiova, South Romania starting late 2010
de A.C. HotNews.ro
Luni, 16 martie 2009, 16:42 English | Business


Ford will start building advanced, low capacity car engines in Craiova, South Romania starting late 2010 and will take production cut measures in Europe to align it with market demand, the company announced. Car production will start this year in Romania with the Transit Connect model.

In Craiova and in Koln, Ford will produce an advanced EcoBoost low capacity engine running on gasoline. Plus, it will start production of a new version of the Ford EcoBoost engine in Valencia, Spain this year. Ford may adapt production at its plants in Romania, Germany and Spain to de unprecedented decline of the European car market and negative economic forecasts, according to the producer, quoted by AFP.

Ford Europe CEO John Fleming declared that Ford is compelled to cut costs and secure its production plans in order to sustain itself as a successful business in the future. He declared that supplementary measures needed to be taken in order to cope with the changing environment.

The first model to be produced by Ford in Romania will be the Transit Connect model, and in 2010 Ford Craiova will start working at a new small class car but did not mention which one. Then, in 2011-2012 Ford will produce in Craiova a medium class commercial vehicle like Transit even though officials avoided to point any models.

Therefore, Ford will invest some 1.2 billion euro for its project in Romania and asked for a 600 million euro loan from the European Investment Bank.
See in Romania. Ford to build low capacity car engines in Craiova, South Romania starting late 2010 de A.C. HotNews.ro Luni, 16 martie 2009, 16:42 English | Business Ford will start building advanced, low capacity car engines in Craiova, South Romania starting late 2010 and will take production cut measures in Europe to align it with market demand, the company announced. Car production will start this year in Romania with the Transit Connect model. In Craiova and in Koln, Ford will produce an advanced EcoBoost low capacity engine running on gasoline. Plus, it will start production of a new version of the Ford EcoBoost engine in Valencia, Spain this year. Ford may adapt production at its plants in Romania, Germany and Spain to de unprecedented decline of the European car market and negative economic forecasts, according to the producer, quoted by AFP. Ford Europe CEO John Fleming declared that Ford is compelled to cut costs and secure its production plans in order to sustain itself as a successful business in the future. He declared that supplementary measures needed to be taken in order to cope with the changing environment. The first model to be produced by Ford in Romania will be the Transit Connect model, and in 2010 Ford Craiova will start working at a new small class car but did not mention which one. Then, in 2011-2012 Ford will produce in Craiova a medium class commercial vehicle like Transit even though officials avoided to point any models. Therefore, Ford will invest some 1.2 billion euro for its project in Romania and asked for a 600 million euro loan from the European Investment Bank. afpeace
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