Ford 'to announce closure of Bridgend engine plant TODAY' putting thousands of jobs at risk 

Mail Online | 6/5/2019 | James Wood For Mailonline
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Ford is to announce the closure of its Bridgend engine plant today, it has been reported.

Around 1,500 people are employed at the South Wales site and could now face losing their jobs should the proposal go ahead.

ITV - News - Sources - Engine - Plant

That's according to ITV News which has cited sources close to the engine plant, who have labelled the expected announcement 'devastating'.

Union leaders have been called to a meeting with Ford bosses today amid reports of the closure. Reports suggest company officials have flown from the United States to make the announcement.

Ford - Speculation

Ford has refused to comment on the speculation.

Trade unions however, have expressed shock at the expected announcement.

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A Unite spokesperson said: 'Unite will be meeting Ford first thing [this morning] and will comment further once the details of any announcement are known.

'Our priority is our members' jobs, the communities and livelihoods in the supply chain that Ford Bridgend supports.'

Reports - Night - Suzy - Davies - Welsh

Responding to the reports last night, Suzy Davies, the Welsh Conservative Assembly Member for South Wales West, said: 'Very worrying news coming out of Bridgend Ford tonight.

'After urgent questions that I and other AMs have asked about this on a regular basis over the last few years, I expect an urgent update from the Welsh Government.'

Rebecca - Long-Bailey - Shadow - Secretary - Business

Rebecca Long-Bailey, shadow secretary for business, energy and industrial strategy also said: 'This is worrying news, first and foremost for Ford employees...
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