What The Papers Say: Ford steers clear of criticism over Halewood

Ford, perhaps somewhat remarkably, escaped lightly from the reaction to news that its Halewood plant in Liverpool faces an uncertain future and the immediate loss of 1,300 jobs. Three negative articles in the Guardian posed questions over the quality of management decisions, accusing them of giving ’conflicting signals’ to the workforce. In contrast, the FT praised Ford for ’playing a significant part’ in the revival of Britain’s motor industry with pounds 3.5 billion of investment over six years.

Ford, perhaps somewhat remarkably, escaped lightly from the

reaction to news that its Halewood plant in Liverpool faces an uncertain

future and the immediate loss of 1,300 jobs. Three negative articles in

the Guardian posed questions over the quality of management decisions,

accusing them of giving ’conflicting signals’ to the workforce. In

contrast, the FT praised Ford for ’playing a significant part’ in the

revival of Britain’s motor industry with pounds 3.5 billion of

investment over six years.



The story quickly became a political football with John Major briefed to

back Ford at the dispatch box for ’investment in Jaguar worth 5,000

jobs’ and Ken Clarke putting his Hush Puppies in it once again by saying

’you can’t win them all’. The conclusion of most writers was that the

axe fell at Halewood because it is cheaper to sack a British worker than

his German or Spanish counterpart and that Halewood has been under

threat since the day it first opened to build the Anglia in 1963.



Evaluation and analysis by Carma International.



Cuttings supplied by The Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers

Say’ can also be found at: http//www.carma.com/carma.



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