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200 jobs to be cut in Ford's Oakville plant in Canada

Christian Fernsby |
Around 200 jobs will be cut at Ford’s Oakville plant due to slowing sales of some of their models.

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“We have a long-standing practice of matching production with consumer demand. As a result, we are making changes to the operating pattern at Oakville Assembly Complex,” said company spokeswoman Kelli Felker by email.

The company said sales of its Ford Flex SUV and Lincoln MKT crossover are slowing, while it will no longer sell the Ford Edge SUV in some European markets.

The Oakville plant, which produces the three vehicles, along with the Linclon MKX crossover, employs about 4,600 people.

In a message on Unifor Local 707’s website, President Dave Thomas wrote the company predicts the job reductions, which the union said was around 185 jobs, will happen in September with a possibility of more layoffs in January 2020.

Thomas adds they have been trying to persuade Ford to avoid this scenario, but writes, “It’s based on a business decision and it all comes down to dollars and cents.”

The message also details restructuring plans that the motor company said are “due to cost expenses and slowing sales.” The layoffs will be the result of an overnight paint shift being cut.

Thomas tells 680 NEWS they were disappointed about the layoffs. “It’s certainly not good news that we like to hear at any time, but we know the market is in a bit of a downturn.”

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