Ford faces national revolt over plans to close model plant

Car
giant Ford could face a national strike over its plans to shut its factory in
Essex this August.

The
company wants to close its prototype facility at Aveley which has a workforce
of 550 staff.

Ford
claims that new technology has reduced the number of prototypes required before
models go into production.

Workers
at the factory voted on Monday to take industrial action over the job losses
and unions warned that they will hold a ballot on industrial action across the
country.

Dave
Osborne, national official of the Transport & General Workers Union, said:
“We hope the company will reconsider its decision because there is a real sense
of anger and bitterness at the closure.”

By Mike Berry

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