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Ford Motor plans to cut 3,200 jobs in Europe, with German factories most affected – yqqlm

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Ford plans to cut 3,200 jobs across Europe and shift some product development work to the U.S., the German IG Metall union said on Monday, saying the cuts will disrupt the economy if they continue. Automakers across the continent.

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IG Metall said Ford wanted to cut 2,500 product development jobs and another 700 administrative jobs, with Germany most affected.

Ford’s Cologne plant, which employs about 14,000 people, including 3,800 at a development center near Merkenich, was informed of the plans at a workers’ council meeting on Monday.

Ford, which declined to comment, said in a statement on Friday that the shift to electric vehicle production would require structural changes but would not disclose more until plans are finalized.

Ford last year announced a $2 billion investment to expand production at its Cologne plant, which currently makes the Ford Fiesta as well as engines and transmissions, to build mass-market all-electric models.

Ford is planning to launch seven new electric vehicles in Europe, establish a battery assembly base in Germany and a nickel-battery manufacturing joint venture in Turkey as part of a major push into electric vehicles (EVs) on the continent.

Ford also has a partnership with Volkswagen AG that will see 1.2 million vehicles built on the German automaker’s MEB electric platform over six years.

But Ford warned last June that it would make major layoffs in the near future at its factories in Spain and in Saruis, Germany, as the shift to electric vehicle production means fewer labor hours are needed to assemble the cars.

Ford of Europe manufactures, sells and services Ford-branded vehicles in 50 markets, employing approximately 45,000 people in its own facilities and in consolidated joint ventures.

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