UP to 275 jobs could be lost at Ford sites in Essex as part of the company’s redundancy programme, a union claims.
Unite said the jobs were to go at Ford’s headquarters at Warley, near Brentwood and its Dunton Technical Centre at Laindon, Basildon reports the BBC.
Ford said 500 jobs would be lost across Europe as part of its drive to reduce costs, but could not confirm which sites would be affected.
It said the job losses would be achieved through voluntary redundancy.
The company said it would also reduce its expenditure on agency workers and “purchased services”.
Unite said managerial, supervisory and engineering staff would be affected.
Roger Maddison, its national officer for the automotive industry, said: “Unite will be asking that its officers and reps have full involvement in this process, which will be voluntary.
“It represents a 10 per cent cut in the 2,500-strong UK managerial and engineering workforce.”
He said the union met management on Tuesday and urged them that jobs should not be outsourced from the UK.