Workers were told by carmakers in mid-February to expect a specific number of unemployed, according to the Cologne daily. Cologne City Gazette.
threat of labor disputes
Ford’s plans sparked the threat of chaos unions across Europe.
“If the negotiations between the works council and management in the coming weeks do not guarantee the future of the workers, we will participate in the process. We will not hesitate to take reasonable measures,” IG Metall said.
Ford of Europe manufactures, sells and services Ford-branded vehicles in 50 markets and employs approximately 45,000 people at its own facilities and integrated joint ventures, according to its website. increase.
The latest cuts come three years after Ford’s last big job was culled.
In 2019, Ford announced it would cut 12,000 jobs in Europe, cut its overall workforce by about 20%, and reduce its manufacturing sites in the region from 24 to 18. Ended production at three of his plants in Russia and closed Bridgend’s engine plant. , Wales and its transmission plants near Bordeaux in France.
Ford also closed its UK headquarters in Worley, Essex and consolidated its UK operations in Dunton, where it has a technical center.
Ford is shrinking its passenger car lineup in Europe by trimming models such as the mid-size Mondeo, which includes the S-Max, and minivans. The company focuses on selling light commercial vehicles such as transit vans and is a market leader.
Automakers had a 4.4% share of the passenger car market last year and sold just over 510,000 vehicles, according to industry body ACEA.
Reuters and Bloomberg contributed to this report
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