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Bad news: Ford wants to close down the plant in Saarlouis - "We feel lied to and cheated"

2022-06-22T14:17:52.941Z

Bad news: Ford wants to close down the plant in Saarlouis - "We feel lied to and cheated" Created: 06/22/2022, 16:09 By: Lisa Mayerhofer Ford decided against the German plant in Saarlouis in a corporate site competition. (Icon image) © Charles Krupa/AP/dpa/Icon image Ford decided against the German plant in Saarlouis in a corporate site competition. According to the union, around 6,600 jobs ar



Bad news: Ford wants to close down the plant in Saarlouis - "We feel lied to and cheated"

Created: 06/22/2022, 16:09

By: Lisa Mayerhofer

Ford decided against the German plant in Saarlouis in a corporate site competition.

(Icon image) © Charles Krupa/AP/dpa/Icon image

Ford decided against the German plant in Saarlouis in a corporate site competition.

According to the union, around 6,600 jobs are threatened, including suppliers.

Saarlouis – It is a bitter pill for the Saarland: Despite all the advertising for the German location in Saarlouis, the US car manufacturer Ford decided to produce its new electric car for its factory in Valencia, Spain.

Saarlouis, on the other hand, is threatened with the sale or closure of the plant.

This was preceded by a controversial internal location competition.

The carmaker announced its decision on Wednesday.

"We are working to build a vibrant and sustainable business in Europe - it takes focus and making difficult decisions," said Ford CEO Jim Farley.

Ford decides against plant in Saarlouis - thousands of jobs affected

The IG Metall called for the fight for "location and job security".

According to IG Metall, the location in Saarlouis with around 4,600 employees is to be phased out.

A total of around 6,600 jobs in Saarland are threatened with the suppliers, the union said.

She criticized the "unworthy and brutal bidding competition between the Ford locations in Valencia and Saarlouis".

"In the last three years, the employees have done everything to ensure the competitiveness of the Ford location in Saarlouis," explained the head of the IG Metall district center, Jörg Köhlinger.

In the course of the corona pandemic, the workforce reacted “with maximum flexibility”.

"Instead of working together with the workforce to secure the location, the management has put its hands on its lap," criticized Köhlinger.

Ford: Car production at the Saarlouis site only secured until 2025

The chairman of the Ford works council in Saarlouis, Markus Thal, also criticized the group.

"We delivered, the management made empty promises to us," explained Thal.

"We feel lied to and betrayed by Ford Europe management."

Car production at the Saarlouis site is only secured until 2025, when production of the combustion model Ford Focus will be phased out.

The workforce had hoped that, thanks to investments in electrical equipment, most of the jobs would be safe afterwards.

The management's decision now destroys this hope.

(lma/AFP/dpa)

Source: merkur

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