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UGT highlights that "there will be solutions for Almussafes" and explains that they will have to "design the traffic" until this car becomes a reality.

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The PP accuses the Government of "colonizing the institutions" after the appointment of Cascajosa as head of RTVE

UGT highlights that "there will be solutions for Almussafes" and explains that they will have to "design the traffic" until this car becomes a reality

Ford's global management has committed to assigning the Almussafes (Valencia) factory the production of a multi-energy passenger vehicle, the details of which will be finalized in the coming weeks. With this award, the factory "will maintain sufficient workload" while the future of electrification is decided, as explained by the majority union at the plant, UGT.

The global president of the firm, Jim Farley, conveyed this commitment to worker representatives at a meeting this Wednesday in Dunton (England), in which Ford's global and European management and the European Works Council participated. On April 10, the details of this assignment will be delved into at a new meeting that will take place in Cologne.

It was expected that this meeting would be key to specifying what was advanced by the vice president of Ford of Europe, Kieran Caghill, last February, when he stated that the company was "working on an alternative to solve the problem" that originated in the factory. , given the postponement of investments for the arrival of electric cars and at a time when production of the Transit van will also stop on April 17 and Almussafes had only planned to manufacture the Kuga model.

Thus, this Thursday, the European Works Council reported, in a statement, that during Wednesday's meeting "opportunities and next steps" for the future of the firm were identified and that "this includes a passenger vehicle that will be added to the range planned in Europe, which will be manufactured in Valencia".

"In accordance with our normal process, this will be subject to program approval" and "more information about these opportunities will be shared in the coming weeks," the European Committee has indicated.

Ford Spain has also confirmed this in a statement addressed to its workers: "Ford Europe announces the decision to add a completely new multi-energy passenger vehicle to our product range in Europe, and which will be manufactured in Valencia. According to the usual processes of the Company, this will be subject to the different approval phases of the product program".

The manufacturing director of the plant, Daniel Ruiz, has pointed out that "this is fantastic news for Europe and for Valencia" and there is "a lot of work in this beautiful and important challenge, to ensure this additional investment and the financial viability of this new product. and thus contribute to our objective of creating a sustainable and profitable business in Europe".

For its part, UGT has indicated that "the first and main" conclusion of the meeting is that "there will be solutions for Almussafes although logically it will not be a matter of a few days." "The commitment of Ford's global CEO, Jim Farley, has been clear. Almussafes will have a new vehicle and will maintain a sufficient workload," highlighted the union, which considers that "this decision demonstrates the company's commitment to Valencia, as a result of the Agreement for Electrification".

"DESIGN TRANSIT"

UGT has pointed out that "the main thing is resolved, which does not mean that everything is resolved", and has explained that there will be a new meeting on April 10 in Cologne and, "once the number of units to be manufactured has been quantified, as well as the employment that it will guarantee, and the investment and launch dates, we will have to design the transit to be carried out until that car is a reality on the manufacturing lines," he added.

In this way, "in the coming weeks" there will be "a clearer x-ray of the situation", on which UGT will give its opinion. For now, he has concluded that the meeting in Dunton has been "satisfactory" and has insisted that "there will be solutions."

The majority union in Almussafes has highlighted that the staff "enjoys the respect and recognition of the company's global management, a consequence of many years of experience, both for the abilities to take on challenges and for the agreements reached."

THE UNCERTAINTY BEFORE ELECTRIFICATION

The commitment of global management comes at a time when the Almussafes factory has extended the Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE) that is in force until April 19, which affects a maximum of 700 people per day. in vehicle plants, because the launch of the Kuga model will not increase its production due to "supplier problems" until that day. Added to this is that the 17th of that month will be the last day of production of the Transit van, which would leave Almussafes alone with the manufacturing of the Kuga.

The factory has faced uncertainty for months about the arrival of the necessary investments to produce the oval firm's electric vehicles. The Valencian factory was chosen in 2022 to produce its new electric vehicle platform starting in 2025, but the investments necessary for this have not materialized or been announced and last November Ford announced that it was postponing "any decision that has to do with investments." . While investments have not started, the factory has had to adjust its production due to reduced sales.

In principle, electrification was to ensure the workload in the coming years in Almussafes, which led to an agreement with UGT so that the company's new agreement included salary and flexibility measures conditional on electrification. The award to Almussafes did not prevent the workforce from having to be resized with an ERE that has affected 1,124 workers.

The uncertainty at Ford also affects an auxiliary industry with a lot of weight in the Valencian economy. Last October, the president of the Automotive and Mobility Cluster of the Valencian Community (Avia), Francisco Segura, admitted that "the delay in new electric vehicles" was "causing problems, especially in terms of employment, vision, perspective and to see what the production planning is going to be", although he rejected "generating alarm" about the effects of production slowdowns and stops.

The company has applied for both lines of the new call for the Strategic Project for the Recovery and Economic Transformation of the Electric and Connected Vehicle (Perte VEC II). The Ministry of Industry has awarded 37.6 million euros from the battery line to establish a battery assembly plant at the Almussafes factory and Ford has also requested aid for the electric vehicle value chain.

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