Ford in talks with German workers about potential Saarlouis job cuts

FILE PHOTO: The Ford logo at the New York Auto Show in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

(Corrects December 10th story to show no formal decision has been made about discontinuing production of the Ford C-Max in paragraphs 1 and 3)

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Ford (F.N) said it had started negotiations with German worker representatives about potential job cuts at its Saarlouis plant as the carmaker considers discontinuing production of its Ford C-Max model.

“We can confirm that we are entering into formal negotiations with our Works Council with the objective of ending production of C-Max/Grand C-Max at Saarlouis,” Ford said in a statement.

Ford said no formal decision has yet been reached on whether to discontinue production of the C-Max. But discussions will explore the consequences of such a step on the plant’s workforce.

“As we continue to match production to consumer demand, the consultation process also will include necessary adjustments to the workforce at Saarlouis,” Ford said.

Saarlouis employs more than 6,190 staff, but the van segment is shrinking and tougher emissions rules will require costly investments.

“Keeping the vehicle compliant with all regulatory obligations would require a very high level of investment for this model,” Ford said.

Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Douglas Busvine

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