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.
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