Ford workers vote to strike

It’s been reported that Ford workers in Bridgend have voted to strike against potential job losses at the plant.

Unconfirmed figures suggest that 599 voted in favour of strike action and 550 against, although 90% of foreman and engineers voted against striking. Their votes do not cont in the worker’s vote. Officials from the Unite union are expected to confirm the results of the ballot today.

The vote came in response to months of uncertainty about jobs at the plant, after it was announced that Ford is cutting investment in the plant.

Ford said on Thursday, ‘As we have consistently stated, Ford remains committed to on-going constructive dialogue with our union partners, and we have proposed a dedicated work stream to examine future business opportunities for the Bridgend operation.

‘We consider the recent industrial action ballot to have been premature, given that the opportunity for productive engagement, in line with established employee relations and working practices, has been and continues to be readily available.

‘We also confirmed approval last year for a £100m investment for a new engine for Bridgend, and the plant remains full for the immediate future. There is nothing more to add at this time.’