Ford's latest job cuts will affect Dunton workers

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DUNTON workers could be out of a job after car giant Ford announced a wave of redundancies.

The Unite union has called for "full involvement" following the announcement today that 275 managerial roles will be axed.

The job losses, which will be on a voluntary basis, will be at Ford’s Warley headquarters, near Brentwood, and at the research and development centre at Dunton, near Basildon

In total, 500 similar jobs are going across Ford’s Europe operations, as the company faces massive losses.

For the full story see tomorrow's Echo.

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12:57pm Wed 26 Sep 12

EthanEdwards says...

Massive losses...when a bread and butter car like the SMax costs so very much (list). No wonder people buy better value alternatives. They are pricing themselves out of business.
Massive losses...when a bread and butter car like the SMax costs so very much (list). No wonder people buy better value alternatives. They are pricing themselves out of business. EthanEdwards
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1:55pm Wed 26 Sep 12

perini says...

Morev sensationalist headlines - workers out of a job!!! - only after accepting a voluntary redundancy package that is!
Morev sensationalist headlines - workers out of a job!!! - only after accepting a voluntary redundancy package that is! perini
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2:09pm Wed 26 Sep 12

APR says...

I don't know what it's like now, but going back a few years there were some cushy jobs at Dunton.
People spending all night in portacabins playing video games.
I don't know what it's like now, but going back a few years there were some cushy jobs at Dunton. People spending all night in portacabins playing video games. APR
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2:13pm Wed 26 Sep 12

APR says...

EthanEdwards wrote:
Massive losses...when a bread and butter car like the SMax costs so very much (list). No wonder people buy better value alternatives. They are pricing themselves out of business.
Indeed, especially when you see what employees can get them for.
Or fleet buyers. They charge what they think the market will stand, and price it alongside competitors vehicles of a similar Spec. Trouble for them is, that market is collapsing, and there are good vehicles being made by people like Kia etc
[quote][p][bold]EthanEdwards[/bold] wrote: Massive losses...when a bread and butter car like the SMax costs so very much (list). No wonder people buy better value alternatives. They are pricing themselves out of business.[/p][/quote]Indeed, especially when you see what employees can get them for. Or fleet buyers. They charge what they think the market will stand, and price it alongside competitors vehicles of a similar Spec. Trouble for them is, that market is collapsing, and there are good vehicles being made by people like Kia etc APR
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2:54pm Wed 26 Sep 12

perini says...

APR wrote:
EthanEdwards wrote: Massive losses...when a bread and butter car like the SMax costs so very much (list). No wonder people buy better value alternatives. They are pricing themselves out of business.
Indeed, especially when you see what employees can get them for. Or fleet buyers. They charge what they think the market will stand, and price it alongside competitors vehicles of a similar Spec. Trouble for them is, that market is collapsing, and there are good vehicles being made by people like Kia etc
Try looking at the employee discounts!! Anyone with a bit of bargaining savvy can get the same, if not a better, deal themselves!
[quote][p][bold]APR[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EthanEdwards[/bold] wrote: Massive losses...when a bread and butter car like the SMax costs so very much (list). No wonder people buy better value alternatives. They are pricing themselves out of business.[/p][/quote]Indeed, especially when you see what employees can get them for. Or fleet buyers. They charge what they think the market will stand, and price it alongside competitors vehicles of a similar Spec. Trouble for them is, that market is collapsing, and there are good vehicles being made by people like Kia etc[/p][/quote]Try looking at the employee discounts!! Anyone with a bit of bargaining savvy can get the same, if not a better, deal themselves! perini
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2:59pm Wed 26 Sep 12

jolllyboy says...

They are not alone. There are plenty out of work !
They are not alone. There are plenty out of work ! jolllyboy
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3:42pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Eric Whim says...

I bet The Council are panicking, they'll be fearing it'll lead to FoMoCo moving out of Dunton altogether with all that land going for housing redeveloment without Ball, Buckley, Blake et l getting anything out of it....



Can't blame this one on Stumpy......
I bet The Council are panicking, they'll be fearing it'll lead to FoMoCo moving out of Dunton altogether with all that land going for housing redeveloment without Ball, Buckley, Blake et l getting anything out of it.... Can't blame this one on Stumpy...... Eric Whim
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4:08pm Wed 26 Sep 12

bob7 says...

perini wrote:
APR wrote:
EthanEdwards wrote: Massive losses...when a bread and butter car like the SMax costs so very much (list). No wonder people buy better value alternatives. They are pricing themselves out of business.
Indeed, especially when you see what employees can get them for. Or fleet buyers. They charge what they think the market will stand, and price it alongside competitors vehicles of a similar Spec. Trouble for them is, that market is collapsing, and there are good vehicles being made by people like Kia etc
Try looking at the employee discounts!! Anyone with a bit of bargaining savvy can get the same, if not a better, deal themselves!
as perini said, the employee discounts are not much better than a lot of people can get with some negotiation skills.
[quote][p][bold]perini[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]APR[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EthanEdwards[/bold] wrote: Massive losses...when a bread and butter car like the SMax costs so very much (list). No wonder people buy better value alternatives. They are pricing themselves out of business.[/p][/quote]Indeed, especially when you see what employees can get them for. Or fleet buyers. They charge what they think the market will stand, and price it alongside competitors vehicles of a similar Spec. Trouble for them is, that market is collapsing, and there are good vehicles being made by people like Kia etc[/p][/quote]Try looking at the employee discounts!! Anyone with a bit of bargaining savvy can get the same, if not a better, deal themselves![/p][/quote]as perini said, the employee discounts are not much better than a lot of people can get with some negotiation skills. bob7
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4:59pm Wed 26 Sep 12

PJR-121 says...

Eric Whim wrote:
I bet The Council are panicking, they'll be fearing it'll lead to FoMoCo moving out of Dunton altogether with all that land going for housing redeveloment without Ball, Buckley, Blake et l getting anything out of it.... Can't blame this one on Stumpy......
Won't happen - Dunton is one of Ford's biggest research centres, and the biggest in Europe. It houses the Ford Europe design team, the Ford RS team, and is responsible for designing the Ford Fiesta, Ford KA, and the Econetic and Ecoboost engines. Dunton is very important to Ford, and will be here for a very long time yet.

Bit sensationalist again by the Echo - as already pointed out, jobs are going at management level and by voluntary redundancy.

The redundancies are part of a large restructuring by Ford of Europe, based on the template seen in the US last year. It involves new models being made available to the market, including the Mustang and new SUVs.

It's a slow process, which will take some time to turn the fortunes of the European arm around, but Dunton will be a central aim to that.
[quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: I bet The Council are panicking, they'll be fearing it'll lead to FoMoCo moving out of Dunton altogether with all that land going for housing redeveloment without Ball, Buckley, Blake et l getting anything out of it.... Can't blame this one on Stumpy......[/p][/quote]Won't happen - Dunton is one of Ford's biggest research centres, and the biggest in Europe. It houses the Ford Europe design team, the Ford RS team, and is responsible for designing the Ford Fiesta, Ford KA, and the Econetic and Ecoboost engines. Dunton is very important to Ford, and will be here for a very long time yet. Bit sensationalist again by the Echo - as already pointed out, jobs are going at management level and by voluntary redundancy. The redundancies are part of a large restructuring by Ford of Europe, based on the template seen in the US last year. It involves new models being made available to the market, including the Mustang and new SUVs. It's a slow process, which will take some time to turn the fortunes of the European arm around, but Dunton will be a central aim to that. PJR-121
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