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Union leader meets Ford boss to voice concern about Bridgend plant

Published 07/10/2016

Ford is scaling back investment at its Bridgend plant in South Wales
Ford is scaling back investment at its Bridgend plant in South Wales

The leader of Britain's biggest trade union has met with car giant Ford to seek assurances over the future of a huge engine plant.

The US firm sparked union concern after deciding to scale back investment at Bridgend in South Wales from £181 million to £100 million and to halve production of a new engine.

After meeting James Farley, chairman and chief executive of Ford Europe, Unite general-secretary Len McCluskey said: "Our concerns in relation to Ford's commitment to its UK plants, and in particular to the Bridgend engine plant, were set out today.

"It was a frank exchange of views, but Unite impressed upon the Ford team that the UK plants deserve a bright future."

Mr McCluskey will report back to Unite's conveners and members at Ford about the talks and next stages in the coming weeks.

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