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Ford to Cut 3200 Jobs in Europe and Move Some Work to US

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Ford to Cut 3200 Jobs in Europe and Move Some Work to US – According to Germany’s largest union, IG Metall, Ford is planning to eliminate 3,200 jobs in Europe as part of its effort to reduce costs and shift its focus towards electric vehicles. The majority of the cuts will be in product development, with 2,500 jobs lost, and up to 700 in administrative roles. Most of these cuts will occur in Germany.

The union representing 2.2 million workers in metal, electrical, iron, steel and automotive industries announced potential cuts at sites in Belgium and the UK, according to the Financial Times. Employees at the Cologne site, which has a workforce of around 14,000, were informed of the plans on Monday.

“If negotiations between the works council and management in coming weeks do not ensure the future of workers, we will join the process,” IG Metall said. “We will not hold back from measures that could seriously impact the company, not just in Germany but Europe-wide.” The US carmaker has been cutting jobs in Europe for years as it aims to shift its focus to electrified vehicles.

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The company’s chief executive, Jim Farley, warned in November last year it takes “40% less labour to make an electric car” than a traditional petrol model. A statement from Ford said: “We have no comment on the current speculation about a possible restructuring at Ford in Europe.” “Ford remains committed and is currently accelerating its plans to build an all-electric portfolio of vehicles in Europe.”

“By 2030, all new passenger cars sold by Ford in the EU will be electric, and by 2035 all new Ford Pro commercial vehicles will be electric.” “This transformation requires significant change in the way we develop, build and sell Ford vehicles, and will impact our organizational structure, talent and skills we will need in the future.” “More details will be shared once our plans are final and we have informed our employees first.”

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