Sunday, 11 March 2018

Unite union urges Ford to make electric move

The Unite union has urged Ford to convert its UK engine plants to making electric cars and battery technology.

Currently Ford makes engines for the Ford Fiesta and Jaguar Land Rover vehicles at Bridgend in South Wales and diesel engines in Dagenham in Essex.

Both plants faces uncertainty, as Jaguar plans to build its own engines and demand for diesel cars has plunged.

Unite wants to secure the future of both plants by persuading Ford to switch them to electric vehicles.

"These sites must be repurposed for new electric models or battery technology," Unite said.
On Wednesday the union will present a document outlining a strategy for the whole UK automotive industry, which it says supports 800,000 jobs.

It will ask the government to help the shift to electric vehicles by supporting research and development, training and investment.

BBC       News.