Reports suggest Ford stamping plant in Dagenham to close

The Ford stamping plant in Dagenham and the car giant’s factory in Southampton will close, according to reports.

Around 1,000 jobs in Dagenham and another few hundred in Southampton could be lost if the plans go ahead.

Ford union members in Dagenham were due to meet Ford’s European chief, Stephen Odell, this morning.

GMB union’s national officer Justin Bowden said:

“This is devastating news for the workforce in Southampton and Dagenham. It’s also devastating news for UK manufacturing,” said the union’s national officer, Justin Bowden.

“Ford’s track record in Britain is one of broken promises and factory closures.”

Some new posts will be created at the Dagenham engine plant, which will build Ford’s new Panther engine, reports say.

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The company declined to comment on the meeting.

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