Falling demand hits Ford

Forthcoming job losses at Ford's European plants are being attributed to a fall in customers.

Hundreds of jobs will be lost at factories across Europe, including in the UK where its plants in Dagenham, Southampton and elsewhere employ 15,000 staff. The American car manufacturer will cut agency workers and also offer voluntary redundancy terms for staff.

Ford has announced that it is expecting to lose in the region of $1 billion (£630 million) in Europe this year. Redundancy plans are set to be finalised in the next few months, when the exact number of job losses will be revealed.

Recently workers at Ford's UK plants voted in favour of industrial action. In May of this year, 67% of Unite members voted to take action in a pay and pensions dispute.

Job losses are expected to be made in the UK, in Germany and in other parts of Europe. A statement from Ford said the compoany expected several hundred staff jobs to go in the months ahead.

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