Ford to lay off hundreds of workers
Wednesday 26 September 2012
Ford workers in Britain will be among several hundred to lose jobs across Europe because of falling demand, the US car-maker announced yesterday.
The company said redundancies among permanent staff would be voluntary, although the exact number of job losses would "not be known for a few months".
Ford employs 15,000 people in Britain, based at its factories in Southampton and Dagenham, among a total European workforce of 66,000, which is based largely in Germany. The announcement follows a 19 per cent drop in Ford's European sales, disclosed in July – which could lead to a £630m loss this year. Collectively, vehicle makers across the European Union have seen sales fall by 7.1 per cent in the first eight months of this year.
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