The Future of Ford

Ex-Ford staff in legal battle over payouts

Daily Echo: The last Ford Transit comes off the production line today.

9:57am Monday 2nd June 2014

MOTOR giant Ford is embroiled in a legal battle with more than 150 former workers from its closed Southampton plant, the Daily Echo can reveal.

New scheme to develop Ford factory site to get go ahead

Daily Echo: New planning application made for Ford factory site

7:09am Tuesday 25th March 2014

PLANS for redevelopment on the site of Southampton’s former Ford factory could be given the green light today.

New planning application made for Ford factory site

Daily Echo: New planning application made for Ford factory site

6:00am Saturday 11th January 2014

PLANS have been handed in for new work at the site of the former Ford factory in Southampton.

Last Transit donated to city

Daily Echo: The first Ford Transit rolling off the production line in Southampton.

12:16pm Friday 30th August 2013

IN 1972, the Mayor of Southampton was presented with one of the first vehicles to roll out of the city’s new Ford Transit plant.

The final transit van rolls of production line in Southampton

Daily Echo: The last Ford Transit comes off the production line today.

3:59pm Thursday 25th July 2013

The final transit van rolled off the production line in Southampton today.

The end of an era as last Transit van rolls off the line

Daily Echo: The last Ford Transit comes off the production line today.

11:00am Thursday 25th July 2013

It has been at the heart of the UK’s van manufacturing industry for more than five decades.

Plea to use Ford site for jobs

Daily Echo: Strike action a threat to Ford

9:41am Wednesday 24th July 2013

THE site of Ford’s doomed Southampton plant must be used for jobs.

Workers will mark closure of Ford with barbecue

Daily Echo: Workers will mark closure of Ford with barbecue

2:31pm Saturday 20th July 2013

WORKERS at Southampton’s closing Ford factory will mark its final day with a barbecue.

Ford’s minibus gift tradition to the end

Daily Echo: The very first Ford Transit built in Southampton

10:56am Friday 19th July 2013

FORD will donate three Transit-based minibuses to charities and organisations in the city to mark the closure of its Swaythling factory.

Ford closure details revealed

Daily Echo: Ford's plant at Southampton.

10:02am Tuesday 16th July 2013

The full extent of The closure of Southampton's ford factory was revealed today.

MP demands Ford reveals details of plans for jobs in city

Daily Echo: Jobs to go at Ford's Southampton factory

11:31am Tuesday 23rd April 2013

SOUTHAMPTON MP John Denham is demanding Ford reveals more details of its plans for jobs in the city after the company revealed a £24m boost to its factory in Wales.

Strike action a threat to Ford

Daily Echo: Strike action a threat to Ford

12:04pm Wednesday 13th March 2013

PRODUCTION at Ford’s doomed Southampton Transit plant could be “disrupted” in its final months after furious staff at a key supplier decided to ballot over industrial action.

Cameron 'trying to stop closure of Ford factory'

Daily Echo: David Cameron and Maria Hutchings in Eastleigh today.

1:16pm Thursday 14th February 2013

THE Prime Minister today said the government was continuing to do everything it could to stop the closure of the Ford factory next month.

Ford drivers claim they will get £27,000 less than colleagues

Daily Echo: Ford's plant at Southampton.

11:30am Monday 10th December 2012

A NEW row has broken out over payouts for workers hit by the closure of Southampton’s Ford plant.

Multi-million pound fund launched early to to help Ford workers

Daily Echo: Ford - where did it all go wrong?

6:00am Thursday 22nd November 2012

MULTI-MILLION pound business start-up fund in Southampton is to be launched early to help Ford workers facing redundancy start their own businesses.

MP banned from Ford factory visit

Daily Echo: Denham calls for Government to step in

6:10am Sunday 18th November 2012

FORD bosses have banned Southampton MP John Denham from visiting its threatened Swaythling plant site, claiming his presence would “disrupt output”.

Government pledge to help Ford workers

Daily Echo: Mark Hoban

10:29am Thursday 15th November 2012

THE Government will do all it can to help Ford workers bounce back from losing their jobs, a minister said yesterday.

Southampton Ford Transit supplier to shut down

Daily Echo: Southampton Ford Transit supplier to shut down

5:11pm Wednesday 14th November 2012

A FACTORY that provides vehicle upholstery for Southampton's doomed Ford plant is to close with the loss of 30 jobs, it has been revealed today.

Unions call for Southampton Ford staff to join European fight against cuts

Daily Echo: Unions call for Southampton Ford staff to join European fight against cuts

7:26am Monday 12th November 2012

Union bosses and politicians have called on Southampton transit workers to join them in a unite Euro fight against Ford job cuts.

Ford staff in Belgium reject 70,000 euro redundancy package

Daily Echo: D-Day for Ford transit factory

7:22am Monday 12th November 2012

UNIONS in Belgium have rejected a proposed 70,000 euro payoff by Ford for workers at its Genk plant.

A tale of two cities hit by Ford cuts

Daily Echo: The demonstration in Genk

7:20am Monday 12th November 2012

THEY are two cities that have both suffered major blows at the hands of car maker Ford.

20,000 march against Ford cuts

Daily Echo: A protest banner outside the Ford factory in Genk

3:00pm Sunday 11th November 2012

THOUSANDS of protestors have taken to the streets in a mass demonstration against Ford cuts across Europe.

Leaked memo reveals Ford told ministers it would keep Transit plant

Daily Echo: Lord Mandelson

10:50am Sunday 11th November 2012

FORD was telling ministers it would preserve its Southampton base back in 2008, documents obtained by the Daily Echo show.

Ford bosses face barrage by angry MPs

Daily Echo: Ford UK chairman Joe Greenwell

8:43am Friday 9th November 2012

FORD bosses are given a dressing down by Hampshire MPs over the way the closure of the Southampton plant was handled.

Euro bank bosses condemned over £80m Ford loan

Daily Echo: Ford's Turkey plant.

6:34pm Thursday 8th November 2012

EUROPEAN bank bosses have claimed they were clueless about Ford’s plans to ditch Southampton’s plant when handing £80m to its Turkey factory.

Angry Ford workers in violent protest at firm's Euro HQ

Daily Echo: Angy Ford workers in violent protest at firm's Euro HQ

3:13pm Wednesday 7th November 2012

Ford workers angry about the car maker's plans to shut their plant broke windows and torched tyres outisde the company's European headquarters today.

Ford closure: Donate factory site to city, demands MP

Daily Echo: Southampton Test MP Alan Whitehead

10:53am Tuesday 6th November 2012

FORD has been urged to donate its Southampton Transit factory site to the city if it presses ahead with its closure plans.

Ford boycotted over closure plans?

Daily Echo: A Ford Sport Transit, as built in Southampton

8:34am Monday 5th November 2012

Ford could face a white van man backlash when it switches Transit production to Turkey.

Focus on Ford: How the road let to Turkey

Daily Echo: Focus on Ford

10:42am Monday 5th November 2012

How investment abroad and a rescue plan to return Ford's ailing European business to profit has driven production of the iconic Transit to Turkey.

Focus on Ford: The US decision to close the Southampton Transit plant

Daily Echo: Ford Motor Company headquarters in Dearborn, USA, near Detroit

How the board of Ford Motor Company agreed the plan to close Southampton's Transit factory.

Focus on Ford: The £80m EU loan for Ford's Turkish Transit plant

Daily Echo: European Investment Bank in Luxembourg

How a £80m Euro loan was agreed to boost production of the Transit in Turkey just months before Ford bosses announced the closure its its Southampton van plant.

Focus on Ford: The British Government grant

Daily Echo: Vince Cable is questioned by the Echo's Patrick Knox

QUESTIONS remain over a £10m Government grant awarded to Ford just days before it announced the close its Southampton Transit plant.

Ford workers offered up to £80,000 pay offs

10:17am Friday 2nd November 2012

Ford workers are being offered pay-offs of up to £80,000 as unions prepare to ballot their members on possible strike action over the closure of Southampton’s transit plant.

Ford's £80m EU loan to boost Turkey factory - and close ours

Daily Echo: Ford's Turkey plant.

10:10am Thursday 1st November 2012

THE Daily Echo can reveal today that a huge payout of EU cash was made to Ford just before the company closed its Southampton plant – and it went to boost Transit production in Turkey.

Unions fight to reverse Ford closure

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

10:20am Thursday 1st November 2012

UNION members launched their fight last night to save Ford's Swaythling plant from oblivion.

Prime Minister tackled over Ford's £10m taxpayer hand out

Daily Echo: Prime Minister David Cameron who announced the homes scheme

12:37pm Wednesday 31st October 2012

THE CONTROVERSY surrounding a public handout to Ford has reached the very top of government after David Cameron was challenged in the House of Commons.

Lord Heseltine denies responsibility for huge Ford grant

Daily Echo: Lord Michael Heseltine.

1:00pm Wednesday 31st October 2012

Lord Heseltine, who is chairman of the Regional Growth Fund, yesterday denied responsibility for rubber-stamping a huge grant for Ford just days before plans to close the Swaythling Transit plant were announced.

Ford's £17,000 offer to avoid strike action

9:48am Tuesday 30th October 2012

Ford workers facing redundancy in Southampton are being offered special payments of up to £17,000 to head off possible industrial action, the Daily Echo can reveal.

Ford did not tell Government of plant closure plan

12:34pm Monday 29th October 2012

Ford has admitted it kept secret plans to close the Southampton plant while negotiating a multi-million pound tax payer handout.

Deputy PM challenged over Ford closure

Daily Echo: Deputy PM challenged over Ford closure

2:20pm Monday 29th October 2012

DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been challenged over the closure of the Ford plant in Southampton.

Business Secretary says he was kept in the dark over Ford closure

Daily Echo: Vince Cable is questioned by the Daily Ech's Patrick Knox

12:14pm Monday 29th October 2012

Business Secretary Vince Cable was unaware Southampton’s Ford plant was going to be closed when taxpayers’ cash was approved for the company just days before, the Daily Echo can exclusively reveal today.

Crisis talks to be held over Ford closure

Daily Echo: Council boss Richard Williams

7:11am Monday 29th October 2012

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

Business secretary answers Daily Echo questions over Ford closure

Daily Echo: Vince Cable is questioned by the Echo's Patrick Knox

12:23pm Monday 29th October 2012

Q: The Daily Echo revealed last week that Ford was approved a Government multi-million pound grant from the Regional Growth Fund aimed at creating jobs in Essex – just less than a week before the car company announced its Southampton closure decision.

Ford - where did it all go wrong?

Daily Echo: Ford - where did it all go wrong?

5:50pm Saturday 27th October 2012

Matt Smith traces where it all went wrong for Southampton's Ford Transit factory.

City leaders plan Ford crisis meeting

2:08pm Saturday 27th October 2012

CRISIS talks will take place next week as business, city and civic leaders come together in the wake of the announcement to close Ford in Southampton.

Ford fallout: hundreds more jobs could go

Daily Echo: Workers leaving Ford at Swaythling

9:19am Saturday 27th October 2012

AT least 200 more jobs could go as Ford’s closure sends shockwaves through the local economy, the Daily Echo can reveal.

Government is "taking the mick" over Ford cash

Daily Echo: Inquiry into council leader will be led by independent investigator

7:00am Saturday 27th October 2012

THEY'RE taking the mick.

Did Government know of closure plan before agreeing Ford cash deal?

8:06am Friday 26th October 2012

THE Daily Echo can reveal today that Ford was approved a multi-million poun Government handout – less than a week before yesterday’s shock closure announcement of the Transit plant.

Tears and anger of Ford staff

Daily Echo: Tears and anger of Ford staff

8:24am Friday 26th October 2012

IT is normally a hive of activity, where the beeping of forklift trucks and the rumbling of lorries can be heard throughout the day.

Staff to get "extremely generous" pay offs, says Ford UK chairman

Daily Echo: Ford UK chairman Joe Greenwell

8:43am Friday 26th October 2012

THE chairman of Ford of Britian last night moved to reassure Southampton staff they would be looked after with “extremely generous” pay-offs.



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