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Union accuses Ford of betrayal as production ends

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.

Ford has betrayed its workforce and its loyal customer base. Unite is going to fight these closures. This announcement has been handled disgracefully.

Only a few months ago Ford was promising staff a new transit model for Southampton in 2014. The planned closures will really hurt the local economies and the supply chain will be badly hit - up to 10,000 jobs could be at risk.

The Transit has been the best-selling van in the UK for over a quarter of a century.

It has a future in the UK if this government is prepared to fight for real jobs and persuade Ford to keep manufacturing vehicles in the UK.

It's now time for Vincent Cable to put his words into action and intervene for the sake of British manufacturing and skilled jobs.

Unite will be meeting with our own UK union representatives and our European colleagues over the coming days to discuss the next steps.

Where is the 'good news' in the real economy today Mr Cameron? Ford is ending vehicle production in the UK after almost a century.

– Unite general secretary Len McCluskey

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