Unions to fight Ford closure

Ford is to close its Transit van factory in Southampton and another UK site with the loss of up to 1,500 jobs, sources said.

Transit - best seller for 25 years

The Ford Transit used to be white van man's transport of choice - now the Southampton factory that makes them looks under threat.

Ford factory closure fears

Union leaders have been called to a meeting with motor giant Ford amid fears that the firm's UK van factory in Southampton is to close.

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Unite: "Ford betrayed its workers"

Unite said more than 100 toolmakers have not been found suitable jobs, while workers who are being redeployed are being given little information about what work they will be doing once they are transferred.

"Ford betrayed its workers when it announced the closure of its plants and now the company is rubbing salt into the loyal workers' wounds by treating them with contempt.

"The workers at Dagenham are furious and they are right to want to stand up to the company's despicable behaviour.

"Skilled workers with over 20 years of experience are being forced to change career but are being given no information about what they'll be doing. Many of them will have their pensions severely slashed and some workers might fail capability tests and be sacked after all."

– National officer Roger Maddison

Ford faces strike threat

Hundreds of workers at car giant Ford are to be balloted for strikes following a decision to close their plant.

Unite said more than 650 of its members at the stamping and tooling site in Dagenham, Essex, will vote in coming weeks on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action.

The dispute stems from a decision last year to end production at Ford's plant in Southampton and to close the Dagenham facility.

The ballot result is due on May 1.

No manslaughter charges after fall death

Four men will not face manslaughter charges after a worker died in a 30ft fall at a skip hire and waste disposal company, police have revealed.

Lindsay Campbell, 66, sustained fatal injuries when he fell from the bucket of an excavator at South Coast Skips in Ford on July 25th.

Today Sussex Police said manslaughter by gross negligence charges will not be brought against four men: a 62-year-old from Wickham, Hampshire, a 26-year-old from Fareham, a 47-year-old from Birdham, near Chichester, and a 50-year-old from Bognor Regis.

A police spokesman said that following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service it was decided there was "insufficient evidence to initiate criminal proceedings for manslaughter".

However, the Health and Safety Executive are now taking the lead in the investigation and are considering prosecutions for offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act."

– Police spokesman

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