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Fears for 1,700 jobs as Ford ‘set to close Bridgend plant’

FORD is expected to announce plans to close its engine plant in Bridgend, threatening thousands of jobs.

The car maker, which employs 1,700 people at the south Wales site, has called a meeting with union leaders today.

A Unite spokesman said: ‘Unite will be meeting Ford first thing and will comment further once the details of any announcement are known.

‘Our priority is our members’ jobs, the communities and livelihoods in the supply chain that Ford Bridgend supports.’ Along with the workforce at the plant, many hundreds more people are employed in businesses that supply the plant, which has been in the town for 40 years.

On the future of the plant, a Ford spokesman said: ‘We don’t comment on speculation.’

Last month, the US motoring giant announced it was cutting 7,000 white collar jobs across the world, with up to 550 expected to go in the UK.