Shadow Ministers urge Welsh Government to act to help Bridgend Ford workers

Commenting on the news that employees at Bridgend Ford are considering strike action in reaction to the threat of large-scale redundancies, Russell George AM, Shadow Minister for Business, Economy and Infrastructure, said:

“This latest news is very disappointing.

“There has been significant uncertainty for Ford workers over a number of years and I would have expected the Welsh Government to have be more proactive.

“The Government must reach out urgently and speak with Ford; the workforce need certainty about their futures.

“I urge the First Minister to act to do all he can to protect the factory from downscaling.”

Assembly Member for South Wales West, Suzy Davies AM, added:

“My thoughts are with the employees of Ford Bridgend at this tense time, as we wait for any news to arrive from the company.

“The reported threat to up to 900 jobs is the latest in a series of blows and there’s only so much anyone can stand. The stress on families is immense.  I’m not surprised that strike action is being considered but I hope that the Ford will resist compulsory redundancies from within a workforce whose excellence the company itself recognises.

“The Welsh Government has been quiet on this issue this week, but it’s time they stood up for the workers of Bridgend and tackled Ford for some answers.”