“I want to know why it is not the top level management who are losing out but the guys who have made the vans and the profit for all these years.”
He went on to say the ripples of these drastic cuts could cost the Hampshire economy as much as £20m a year and continue to hit the supply chain and related industries.
While Tuesday is officially the last day, most workers are handing in their uniforms and having one last look around the plant today.
Many have followed family members into the Swaythling plant and been clocking in for more than 30 years.
With their pensions, some of the high-grade, long-serving staff could be looking at leaving with up to £100,000.
Due to the recession the company has pushed back controversial plans to export the iconic Transit to Turkey.
There will be three weeks of nonproduction days starting next week.
The Daily Echo understands output has dropped from 380 a day last year to just 125.
Plant manager Martin Chapman told workers: “As we approach another significant milestone in the history of our plant I think it important to recognise our colleagues who will be leaving us shortly.
“A great many of those leaving will have spent most, if not all, of their working lives at Ford, and I would like to personally thank them on behalf of the management team and the company for their
contribution and wish them every success in the future.”
Final shift for many at Ford's Transit plant in Swaythling
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