Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price has made urgent representations to the Global CEO of Ford James Hackett and has asked for an emergency meeting following Ford’s decision to close its plant in Bridgend - terminating 1,700 jobs.
Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price told Mr Hackett that the Ford plant in Bridgend is one of the ‘greatest and most iconic’ plants in UK manufacturing and that the decision to close it would be one of the worst acts of ‘industrial vandalism’ seen in the UK for decades. He warned of the ‘devastating impact’ on the Welsh economy, the workers and their families.
Asking for an urgent meeting to a discuss a way forward, Mr Price said he was prepared to do everything in his power to keep the Bridgend plant operational to protect jobs and investment.
Mr Price had previously warned that workers wouldn’t take the closure lying down and that there could be “UK-wide industrial action, and continent-wide industrial action”.
He also criticised the “crass and insensitive” timing of the announcement on the 75th anniversary of D-Day of which Mr Price described as one of the greatest acts of co-operation and solidarity in Welsh and the US’ shared history.
Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price said:
"The Bridgend Ford plant is one of the greatest and most iconic plants in UK manufacturing and a hallmark of the Welsh industrial landscape. Its skilled and loyal workforce has given forty years of service to Ford. The decision to close the plant is one of the worst acts of industrial vandalism seen in the UK for decades and will have a devastating impact on Bridgend, the wider Welsh economy and over 1,700 workers and their families.
"I am prepared to exhaust all options in order keep the Bridgend plant operational, not only in order to protect the jobs and investment it represents, but also because of how important the plant is to the Welsh economy.
"It is particularly crass and insensitive to announce this dreadful decision on the 75th anniversary of D-Day – a day on which we remember one of the greatest acts of co-operation and solidarity between Wales and the US in our shared history, and after a week in which the US President himself was in the UK talking up the importance of economic ties between the US and the UK.
"I am therefore asking if you will do me the courtesy of a meeting to discuss how we can find a better way forward for all."