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Ford Axes 400 Jobs In Bridgend

Sky News sources say trade unions were notified this morning

Between 370 and 400 jobs at Bridgend will go under a voluntary redundancy programme, Sky News understands.

Ford's Bridgend plant is preparing to shed up to 400 jobs

Ford is cutting up to 400 jobs at its Bridgend engine plant in the first phase of a redundancy push that could ultimately see many thousands of roles axed across its struggling European operations.

Sky News has learnt that trade union officials were notified of a voluntary redundancy drive to shed between 370 and 400 jobs earlier on Friday morning.

The development comes weeks after it emerged that the car-maker was likely to cut as many as 1000 jobs at the Welsh plant over the next two years.

It will deepen a growing sense of gloom about the prospects for an industry which has seen investment slump during the last 12 months, according to figures published this week.

In a statement, a Ford spokesman confirmed the move, saying:

"Ford is introducing a voluntary separation programme for hourly and salaried employees at its Bridgend Engine Plant in South Wales as part of its ongoing actions to create a sustainably profitable business in Europe.

"The programme follows discussion with the union on matching the plant's labour requirements to the projected production volume expectations in the near term.

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