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Ford Europe To Cut Thousands Of Jobs Amid EV Pivot: Report

Following comments from CEO Jim Farley regarding the fact that he believes Ford is overstaffed in a number of areas, the automaker proceeded to lay off 3,000 white collar workers last year. However, the company’s EV transition also promises to bring about some job reductions as well, largely due to the fact that assembling those types of vehicles requires less labor than their ICE counterparts. As Ford Authority reported last week, The Blue Oval will be culling around 1,000 jobs from its Cologne Assembly plant – which is being converted to the Cologne Electrification Center in Germany for the production of EVs – but that seems as if it will just be the tip of the iceberg for Ford Europe, according to a new report from Reuters.

This news comes from Katharina von Hebel, vice-chief of the works council at Ford’s German plants, who told the press that Ford Europe plans to cut up to 3,200 jobs at the Cologne plant alone, which currently employs around 14,000 people. Additionally, German union IG Metall said that The Blue Oval also plans to cut thousands of developmental jobs and administrative roles in the coming years as part of a “further massive reduction” – around 65 percent of the former and 20 percent of the latter.

IG Metall – which is currently participating in these works council meetings with the automaker – noted that it plans to take action if Ford doesn’t change its plans to cull its European work force in the coming years. “If negotiations between the works council and management in coming weeks do not ensure the future of workers, we will join the process. We will not hold back from measures that could seriously impact the company not just in Germany but Europe-wide,” the union said in a statement.

For now, Ford isn’t commenting on this matter, but did note that structural changes will be required as the automaker moves toward electrifying its entire European passenger vehicle lineup, which is expected to take place by 2030. Currently, Ford employs around 45,000 people in that particular region.

We’ll have more on this as soon as it’s available, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for continuous Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. Mark B

    Jerome Powell and staff, a recession looks like it’s starting with these and the tech sector layoffs. Should you consider both smaller interest rate increases and, allowing the increases you’ve already implemented, to actually have some effect, before initiating additional increases.

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    1. RWFA

      Did I miss some obscure link between the Fed’s actions in the USA (to slow inflation) and Ford’s plans to eliminate ICE-age jobs in Europe (to right size it’s operations and cost structure)?

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  2. David Dickinson II

    Europe is mandating these changes, so I can’t entirely blame Ford. But Europe is going to plunge itself into energy chaos. Reality does not support their dreams.

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    1. Tigger

      Not to mention the lost jobs. Ironically the unions support these politicians that implement these mandates. Go figure….

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      1. David Dickinson II

        I’ve often wondered what has happened on the back-end to buy the silence of organized labor. A big corporate selling point for EVs is they take a lot less labor than ICE production. You’d think Big Labor would be kicking and screaming. Union leaders must be getting paid off somehow.

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        1. RWFA

          silence comes with a good relationship. ford has has a textbook cooperative relationship since Pete Pestillo led ford HR back in the 1980’s.

          the uaw leadership can read the writing on the wall and knows there is no percentage in killing the golden goose through dissipation.

          the kicking and screaming avoided through consultation has likely resulted in Ford producing its electric motors in house and a long term plan to bring the battery ip stack in-house too.

          i expect to eventually see an announcement of unionization of Ford’s battery plants once they get employees enough to vote on it and as they get closer to production.

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    2. RWFA

      europe is doing just fine with energy. could use a bit more nuke on the generation side but it won’t be a dystopic apocalypse you always seem envision.

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    3. John Q Public

      Europe is already in energy chaos, driven by the war in Ukraine, not EV production.

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      1. RWFA

        There’s no energy chaos.

        It was predicted to try and run up prices, but alternative sources of supply, conservation, and an unusually warm winter have prevented this.

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  3. Shane S

    What a disaster. Rivian is sinking with almost $2 Billion in losses in the last 3 months alone, Ford stock has been cut in half along with almost $900 Million in losses due to an EV push that backfired. Small tiny countries in Europe are insignificant. Toyota is killing it ever since they rejected EVs, customers are still paying over MSRP for Toyotas.

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  4. Shayla

    Yup. Toyota’s are in super high demand. Great reliability, efficient, and they rejected electric vehicles. Win win.

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    1. RWFA

      And Shane’s mini me fembot has come with the predicted add on to amp up the Toyota line for the female demographic.

      Seems Toyota is pushing hard against Ford given its late pivot to BEV.

      I suppose we will have to endure the Shane Shayla tag team bot show until Toyota rolls out it’s corporate BEV platform in mid year.

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      1. Travis

        Toyota followed factual numbers. They stated multiple times they will not heavily invest in EVs because it is financial suicide…as evidenced with Ford. Thankfully a ‘majority’ ofcustomers decide what succeeds, the misfits can stand in a small circle with each other.

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        1. RWFA

          LoL.

          AFAIK Toyota never stated this.

          And even if they had spoken if this, their current change in corporate direction (scrapping the incremental BEV platforms designed for integrated plant builds with ICE platforms (somewhat like Lightning), was realized to be an expensive 1G incrementalist strategy. And was scrapped.

          Now TMC is rushing to develop a corporate BEV platform. Initial internal conceptual proposal was timed for about now; this means we should see it by mid year and it should hit production by about mid 2025.

          You can kept shoveling your bad faith K-street manure but for those with more than, at worst, ignorance and ,at best, a tenuous grip on fact and reality, it’s possible to smell what you shovel.

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      2. Sally

        At least Toyota will be here long after Ford closes its doors due to lack of sales. Plus, Toyota’s are generally much safer and are not getting recalled which seems like every five minutes like some other lesser-quality company like Ford. Ford first needs to learn how to build vehicles correctly. Maybe Toyota can teach them how to do it right.

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  5. Bob

    Won’t Ford be building So Many EV’s which would then compensate for the fewer people needed to build them, therefore enabling 24/7 shifts? (Insert the hmmm emoji here)

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    1. RWFA

      Bob, what are you getting at? Your comment is unclear.

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