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Ford plans to cut 1,150 jobs in UK amid operational overhaul

 A Ford Motor Company logo on a vehicle at Bob Maxey Ford dealership in Detroit, Michigan, USA, Oct. 20, 2005. EPA-EFE/FILE/JEFF KOWALSKY

A Ford Motor Company logo on a vehicle at Bob Maxey Ford dealership in Detroit, Michigan, USA, Oct. 20, 2005. EPA-EFE/FILE/JEFF KOWALSKY

Madrid, Jan 11 (efe-epa).- Ford Motor Co. plans to cut 1,150 jobs in the United Kingdom as part of its European overhaul, British union Unite said, according to an article from the Dow Jones Newswires made available to EFE Friday.

Unite said shop stewards had been briefed on plans to eliminate almost 1,000 jobs at Ford's Bridgend engine plant in south Wales, with the remaining job losses in the car maker's transport operations. The cuts are expected over the next two years, the union said.

"There are a number of factors behind this grim news – the main ones being challenging market conditions for car makers generally, a lack of a coherent industrial strategy from the UK government and the uncertainty created by Brexit," Des Quinn, Unite's officer for automotive industries, said.

Unite said it would fight any compulsory redundancies and would campaign to secure a viable future for the Bridgend plant.

On Thursday, Ford said job cuts would be made across its European operation as the company seeks to turnaround the loss-making unit. The company said no decision had been taken to close its UK plants in Dagenham and Bridgend, but didn't rule out closures and warned that a hard Brexit would affect its plans.

By Adam Clark

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