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Union accuses Ford of betrayal after unveiling plans to shut Dagenham stamping plant

Car giant: Ford Dagenham manufactured cars until 2002. The company now makes engines and panels for cars and vans Car giant: Ford Dagenham manufactured cars until 2002. The company now makes engines and panels for cars and vans

Thursday, October 25, 2012
4:01 PM

Britain’s biggest union accused Ford bosses of betrayal today after the car giant unveiled plans to shut its stamping plant in Dagenham.

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Unite chief Len McCluskey vowed to fight the closure of the Southampton factory and facilities at Dagenham, which could put up to 1,400 jobs at risk.

He said: “Ford has betrayed its workforce and its loyal customer base. Unite is going to fight these closures.

“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.”

Ford said it was moving to shut its facilities at Chequers Lane, Dagenham, and Southampton in a bid to tackle the “severe and persistent economic crisis” on European markets.

The car maker expects to make a loss of at least $1.5billion within its European division this year.

Ford of Europe chief executive Stephen Odell said: “We have to act quickly and decisively to address the collapse in consumer demand in Europe today and position Ford for profitable growth tomorrow.”

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