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Ford plans to axe 1,150 UK jobs: union

AFP  |  London 

plans to cut 1,150 jobs in Britain, a union announced Friday, one day after the US unveiled a major of its European operations.

The company on Thursday said it planned a major revamp in Europe, including job cuts to boost profitability, but did not specify numbers. It hinted at possible cuts in France, and

"The plans are for a total of 1,150 job losses in the UK," Britain's largest union Unite said in a statement.

Unite said it had been briefed regarding plans to axe 1,000 positions in two stages over two years at Ford's Bridgend engine plant in The remaining cuts would be at Ford's operations, affecting lorry drivers across the UK, the union added.

"It is a devastating blow for our members and their families, as well as having grave implications for the Welsh economy and the supply chain," Des Quinn, Unite national officer for automotive industries, said in a statement.

Also Thursday, said it would axe about 4,500 mostly UK jobs after a slump in Chinese sales last year.

Automakers are suffering from a major slide in sales of diesel This is forcing companies like to invest heavily in new technology to meet fast-growing demand for greener electric vehicles.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 00:35 IST