Unions to fight Ford closure

Unions say they'll fight Ford over it's plans to close its factory in Southampton.

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Unions meet to discuss Ford closure

Ford factory set to close in Southampton Credit: PA

Union members at Ford's factory in Southampton will meet today to discuss possible action over the closure of the plant.

500 workers will lose their jobs when the plant closes next year. The company says it needs to restructure its production because of poor sales in Europe.

Southampton reeling after Ford announcement

The leader of Southampton City Council will meet the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, on Monday after it was announced 500 workers at the Ford factory will lose their jobs next summer.

It's the latest in a line of cuts from major employers in the city. In the last eight years, more than three thousand 400 people have lost their jobs from these big name companies. Including Vosper Thornycroft, British American Tobacco and British Gas.

It's a bleak picture - as our correspondent Rachel Hepworth reports

Unions: "We will fight Ford"

A security guard locks the gates at the Ford Transit Assembly Plant, Southampton Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Unions say they'll fight Ford over its plans to close its factory in Southampton.

The company confirmed yesterday it was shutting the plant. Five hundred people work at the site.

Ford says they'll be offered positions at other locations.

Southampton City Council is due to hold an emergency meeting today to discuss the job losses.

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