Yesterday, April 18th, UK labor union United protested at Ford’s Dagenham plant, over company’s plan to close the tool and metal-stamping facilities.

Ford has offered alternative jobs to 750 of its employees at Dagenham plant, located near London, leaving 100 skilled toolmakers without jobs, according to Roger Maddison, national officer at Unite.

“Skilled workers with over 20 years of experience are being forced to change career but are being given no information about what they’ll be doing. Many of them will have their pensions severely slashed and some workers might fail capability tests and be sacked after all,” Mr. Maddison said.

He added that Ford has also offered workers affected by this change severance packages with 30,000 pounds ($46,000) less than the ones offered to employees in Southampton where the automaker is closing its van plant. This move is part of Ford’s plan to reduce operating costs in the European market by $500 million by 2015. The company will close three plant in the region, including the Genk facility in Belgium, leaving 6,200 workers without jobs.

“We are disappointed that the Company’s voluntary redundancy and redeployment proposals for employees affected by the closure of Dagenham Stamping and Tooling Operations have been rejected and that the union has said that it plans to ballot its membership on possible industrial action,” Ford said in an emailed statement.

Source: the Wall Street Journal


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