McCluskey says union will fight Ford closure plans and 2,000 job losses

25 October 2012

Len McCluskey, general secretary of trade union Unite, has pledged to fight the closure of two Ford plants.

Ford has announced it wants to shut down its plant in Dagenham and the Transit van factory in Southampton, with 2,000 jobs at risk across the two sites.

The company’s announcement today came just a day after it said it would close its plant in Genk, Belgium, with the loss of 4,500 jobs there.

In response, Len McCluskey said:

Unite is going to fight these closures. This announcement has been handled disgracefully.

Only a few months ago Ford was promising staff a new transit model for Southampton in 2014. The planned closures will really hurt the local economies and the supply chain will be badly hit – up to 10,000 jobs could be at risk.

GMB national officer Justin Bowden said the announcement was “devastating news”.

Shop stewards were meeting to discuss their response to the dagenham and Southampton closure plans this evening.

Ford workers burned cars at the gates of the Genk plant today, in protest at the shut-down threat.

We will have more updates and details of how you can support the Ford workers on this website soon.

Pic: Socialist Worker

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