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First Meeting For Ford Taskforce

The engine plant in Bridgend is under threat as the car giant cuts costs.

A taskforce to support those affected by the proposed closure of the Ford engine plant in Bridgend will meet for the first time this morning.

The car giant has said it is planning to cut about 12,000 jobs across its European operations by the end of 2020.

The carmaker is trying to cut costs and restructure its European business, which is losing money.

The Taskforce, which is co-sponsored by Welsh Government Economy Minister Ken Skates and Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns, will be chaired by Professor Richard Parry-Jones CBE and will bring together representatives from Ford, Welsh Government, Office of the Secretary of State for Wales, BEIS, DIT, Trade Unions, Bridgend council and others.

In order to ensure that the best interests of the workers and the wider community are best served, the Taskforce will focus on three key areas:

People: focusing on those working at Ford Bridgend and within the Engine Plant’s supply chains to ensure they are supported throughout the consultation and in the future.

Potential: focusing on the long term potential for the site by attracting new investment to secure its future and the skills of the workforce.

Place: focusing on the wider impact on the community and securing a resilient future for the area and wider region. This area of work will be led by former First Minister and Assembly Member for Bridgend, Carwyn Jones.

The Economy Minister said: "This is an important moment in the future of this state of the art Bridgend site and its many skilled and dedicated workers.

"The Taskforce will take into consideration not only the enormous amount the workforce and facility has to offer but also what can be done to support the local supply chain and community. 

"In doing so, it will provide a clear steer on how best the Welsh Government, UK Government, Ford, local authorities, Trade Unions  and others can work constructively together to support the region at this difficult and challenging time. 

"I and my officials enter these discussions with a determination to work tirelessly and with all partners to find the best way forward for all concerned."

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