Ford Motor Company plans to cut 3,200 jobs across Europe, according to Germany’s largest union, as the carmaker looks to cut costs and shift its focus towards electric vehicles.
The Guardian reports that most of the 2,500 jobs in product development and up to 700 in administrative roles the automaker is hoping to cut are located in Germany, according to union IG Metall.
The union, which represents 2.2 million members in the metal, electrical, iron, steel and automotive industries, said other cuts could fall at sites in Belgium and the U.K., the Financial Times reported.
The U.S. carmaker has been cutting jobs in Europe for years as it aims to shift its focus to electrified vehicles.
The company’s chief executive, Jim Farley, said in November 2022 it took “40% less labor to make an electric car” than a traditional gasoline-powered model.
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