Make sure the council are still emptying your bins.......
According to BBC Midland last night, Birmingham is suffering yet more bin collection issues. After last year's long strike and subsequent restructure of the rounds and rotas, they now can't get round everybody in a week.
Sad news, but sadly predictable. As the previous ex-PAG customers of the plant - Volvo, Jag - have taken engine production in house, plus no new engines being awarded to the plant, Ford had a factory with a capacity of 750,000 engines a year scheduled to make 150,000 3 cylinder engines a year from 2020. And as said above, the Bridgend workers are not alone. Layoffs all over the place are the order of the day in Ford Europe.
Ford's Europe business is a complete mess. Ford's heyday was when people had no choice or rigid choices - every salesman got a 1.3L Escort, manager a Cortina 1.6GL etc - or when they can bring out cars that inspired people to want to buy them - like the Capri and the fast Fords. Now they seem to think that they can charge top dollar for middle-ground product and then wonder why it fails. Ford Edge withdrawn; the hopeless Vignale "brand" etc etc.
Another few years of this and I can see Ford trying to do a GM and dispose of Ford Europe to anybody who will have it.
With the suggestion that Ford will cease production of 'cars' and move into being a strict suv/commercial company the argument for them maintaining plants outside the USA dies a death. Especially with the current administration wanting to retrench into the home market to retain jobs at home. It was mentioned that most of the companies out there would merge into four or five groups. I thought more cooperation might do but more and more wonder if that is possible