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Unions have described the loss of up to 750 jobs at a Ford plant in Dagenham as a "devastating blow".
Justin Bowden of the GMB union says the news that Ford will close the Stamping and Tooling plant came as a complete shock and workers arriving had no warning that their jobs were going. Ford blames the closure on a fall in business for commercial vehicles. Sales have dropped 28% in four years.
The company says it is offering relocation to the new engine plant in Dagenham, or generous redundancy payouts for those who want to leave. Workers though fear that if they transfer they will eventually lose their jobs at the engine plant too.
Unite, Britain's biggest union, has accused Ford of betraying its loyal workforce in Dagenham and Southampton, as well as its loyal UK customer base and has vowed to fight the closures announced.
Ford has announced the closure of its stamping and tooling facility in Dagenham and the end of production of the renowned transit van at its plant in Southampton by 2013, with a total loss of around 1500 jobs and more in the supply chain.
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The Ford Transit used to be white van man's transport of choice and has been the best-selling van in the UK for over a quarter of a century. For more on this story visit the ITV News Meridian website.
Ford is to close a plant in Dagenham, Essex, with the loss of jobs, sources told the Press Association.
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There is shock in Dagenham as Ford announces it is axing hundreds of jobs at one of its plants.