According to a statement from IG Metall, the US automaker told a works council meeting on Monday that thousands of development jobs will be cut and that a “further massive reduction” of administrative functions throughout Germany in the coming years.
In a separate meeting between management and worker representatives, Ford said it plans a 65% cut in development jobs and about 20% in administrative jobs in Europe, an IG Metall spokesman said.
Ford declined to comment on the matter, referring to a statement on Friday in which it said the transition to electric vehicle production required structural changes, but it would not comment until the plans were final.
“If the negotiations between the works council and the management in the coming weeks do not guarantee the future of the workers, we will join the process. We will not stop at measures that could seriously affect the company, not only in Germany, but throughout Europe“said IG Metall.
Ford of Europe produces, sells and services Ford vehicles in 50 markets, employing some 45,000 people at its own facilities and in well-established joint ventures, according to its website.
The firm has committed to exclusively selling electric passenger cars in Europe by 2030 and plans three new models in this category and four new electric commercial vehicles in Europe by 2024.
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