Ford Spain, the car manufacturer, has proposed to the company committee of its Almussafes assembly factory in Valencia its intention to cut 1,100 jobs, which would represent 18% of the total workforce. This lay-off process is expected to affect 960 employees in the vehicle plant and 140 in the engine plant.
The company justifies this decision mainly by the planned cessation of production of the S-Max and Galaxy models at the Valencia plant, which will take place in April this year, leaving only the production of the KUGA model. In addition, the company points out that this measure is in line with the transformation plan that aims to "resize" its workforce in Spain on the occasion of the revision of the vehicle range and the introduction of electric vehicles (carbon neutral economy). In this sense, the company is awaiting the arrival of the new electric vehicle platform, whose production from 2025 onwards was awarded last year. The arrival of electric vehicles at the Spanish factory will serve to ensure the workload at this centre, although, as previously announced by the company, this decision will be associated with a resizing of the workforce, due to the lower workload demanded by the production of electric models.
The company has expressed its willingness to work "constructively" with trade union representatives to reduce the impact of this decision on workers, their families and the local community. Trade Unions have expressed their surprise by the high number of workers affected by this lay-off process.
Previous restructuring events have been recorded in the ERM database for Ford. In 2023, Ford announced a global restructuring plan to cut 3800 jobs (Ford-2023-WO), and a related plan in Germany which cuts 2300 jobs (Ford-2023-DE).