‘No compulsory redundancies at Dagenham Ford’

The stamping plant will close next week

The stamping plant will close next week - Credit: Archant

The will be no compulsory redundancies when one of the Ford plants at Dagenham closes, the car giant has revealed.

The 750 employees affected by the closure of the tool and stamping operations on July 26 have either accepted redundancy, early retirement or been redeployed within the company.

A Ford spokesman said: “Ford is investing £1.9m at Dagenham to establish a new powertrain tool room within the engine plant.

“Together with other positions in the local area, this has enabled a total of 400 employees to be redeployed within the company and a number of others are pursuing opportunities outside Ford.”

There will also be no compulsory redundancies in Southampton, where the Transit van factory, which employs 531 people, will shut on the same day.

In March Dagenham workers, all members of Unite, threatened to strike after claiming their proposed redundancy terms were less favourable than those offered to employees in Southampton and in Belgium where a factory will also shut.

They also feared Ford would make compulsory redundancies.

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