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Manufacturer launches voluntary redundancy initiative to reduce headcount in UK and Germany

Ford has confirmed that it will cut more than 5000 jobs in Germany and a yet-to-be-determined number in the UK as part of the cost-cutting reorganisation of its European business.

The American company has begun a voluntary separation programme for employees in the two countries as part of a major restructuring, which it says is designed to ‘transform’ its European business and return it to sustainable profitability by reducing costs and bureaucracy. 

Ford said it expects to cut more than 5000 jobs in Germany, including temporary staff. It added that “the total number of positions in the UK is still to be determined”.

The company employs around 53,000 people in Europe, including 12,000 in the UK and 24,000 in Germany. 

The restructuring of its European business, which is part of a £14 billion global cost-cutting programme, includes splitting the business in the region into three groups, for commercial vehicles, passenger vehicles and imports respectively.

Ford is also planning to boost production of its strongest European-made cars and ditch slow-selling models.

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Bazzer 17 March 2019


I'd be very wary of believing polls, if I were you.  The poll conducted the day before the referendum stated Remain would win by 52% to 48%.  They got it 180 degrees wrong.  I voted to leave, and would do so again.  I've yet to meet anyone on either side who have changed their mind.  So if there were another referendum I believe it would be exactly the same...except to divide the country even more.  Nothing good could come from a second referendum, but I don't fear it at all, although it would make us look like some South American junta state.

This IS a car forum, but politics is in everything, and Brexit has naturally been brought into everything - even when it doesn't belong.  This is primarily because remainers have lost the political argument on Brexit, and so are now fighting the economic one.  Giving away £24 million A DAY to the countries of the EU isn't simply being "generous" or "caring", it's being blatantly stupid when we have the NHS craving ever-more funds.  In your socialist way of each 'global citizen' person sharing their money, have you asked for theirs?

jonboy4969 17 March 2019

At last someone with some

At last someone with some sense, which, on here, is as rare as hens teeth - This is a motoring web site, not the GOV.UK, we talk about cars, not the Brexit, and for those that do not know, and this is factual, FORD has made losses in Europe for Decades, not just since Brexit came about, like Vauxhall, and other brands, to blame Brexit is incorrect, idiotic and anyone that believes it, is a moron, plain and simple.I voted to stay, the benefits of staying outweigh the benefits of leaving, as we have already been informed that driving throughout Europe will most probably cost more, as permits will be required, and they will not be free, IF, and only IF, the Euro countries decide to impose a tax on cars that are coming to us, then thats going to be their loss, we make enough cars in this country to support ourselves, and with PSA now the proud owners of Vauxhall, the chances of expansion of model lines built here are higher than ever. 

But why is it that those that have little clue feel the need to comment on something which is clear they know beggar all about, if you want to leave then go, as it is, a large chunk of those that voted to go, now say they made a mistake, so if a 2nd referendum was to be run now, then we will not be going anywhere, and it is those that voted to leave are the ones that are causing all the grief, surely you are adults, well, if you are then you really need to grow up, and treat people with respect and decency, we are a country thats always been generous to others that need help, thats not an issue, thats called caring, and if you cant, again, go away.+


If there is any spelling issues i apologise, i am not feeling too well today, and i cant be bothered to double check it.

The Colonel 16 March 2019

Educate Us, Bazzer

Oh great one, economist that puts Minford in the shade, please educate us ignorants on just how this gross figure of £363 million per week, that the UK pays into the EU, is arrived at.  

You have all of the details, so it should only take a moment.

Bazzer 17 March 2019

The Colonel

Happy to:

The UK's gross contribution to the EU at the time of the bus was actually £18.9 billion (£363 million a week) rather than £18.2 billion as was expected.  A rebate of £5 was applied.  This meant that a net contribution of £13.2 billion was given to the EU.  Further to this, the UK gets money from the EU for various schemes, payments, etc. of £4.4 billion.  This means that the UK literally gave the EU £8.8 billion during 2016.  It means that the UK quite literally gives away £24 million a day - to places like Estonia, Latvia, Romania, etc.  With that NET contribution, we could literally build a brand new hospital every week.

The figures are published every year by the Office for National Statistics.  You can download them from its website (the link is too long to give here).  I don't know why you, or others here don't seem to have the intelligence to understand what is being stated.  You should not be commenting on a matter if you don't have the intelligence to understand what the word 'gross' means, and you should read the actual data as published, not the Guardian, or that enemy of the state, the Independent.  The internet allows you to access figures yourself, rather than rely on media outlets who have agendas.  Let me give you an example.  A couple of months ago, the number of homeless on our streets FELL.  The Guardian reported, "Homeless figures at record levels".  How could that be so?  If you read deeper, you'd see that the Guardian reported on record levels within large cities.  The amount of homeless actually went down, but they put a spin on it which allowed them to use that headline which seemed to go against the actual data.  THAT'S what they do.

The £350 million a week (actually £363 million) was a CORRECT gross figure.  It's just that they used a devious way to do it - giving the gross rather than the net - in the same way that the Guardian used the homeless statistics.  What you have to do is read what is being said, rather than listen.  Then use the internet to go and see the data for yourself.  And by the way, Professor Patrick Minford is a clever economist as he puts things very clearly, unlike many economists.  His schooling of Nick Clegg on tariffs (on YouTube now) was a classic.  At the end of the interview, Clegg still didn't understand what was being said, even though Minford put it very clearly.  This showed (since Minford was so clear) that Clegg is an buffoon.  As I have pointed out on this forum countless times, we want NO TARIFFS as they are taxes.  I'll explain it yet again for those interested in buying a Jeep Wrangler(!):

The EU tariff on US cars is 10%

That means that your £50k Wrangler is costing you £5,000 in taxes (tariff).

Out of that £5,000 the EU allows the UK to keep £1,000

The remaining £4,000 goes direct to the EU to pay for its various schemes and pensions.

That's £4,000 of YOUR money going directly abroad to the EU to pay for all the craziness.  Therefore, it is better to have zero tariffs (free trade), but for the whole world, not just the EU (insularity).  If you apply tariffs to outside goods you increase costs for your consumers while reducing choice.

So, 'The Colonel' do you understand it now?