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Jobs carry on balance at Ford parts-supplier units in Chennai

CHENNAI, India

It’s not just the workers of Ford’s Maraimalai Nagar plant who are worried about the announcement of its closure in 2022. Employees working in Ford Suppliers Park, located on the campus of Ford India here, are equally concerned.

Ashok, an employee of JBM Auto Limited, the most important supplier of auto components to Ford, said future is uncertain for workers working for the Ford project at JBM. “Over 60 per cent of the auto components here are supplied to Ford; the announcement caught the workers off guard,” he said.

“I don’t know whether i will be able to have this job or be transferred to other areas where JBM has business,” he added. the corporate has 54 units and therefore the one in Chennai was for developing spare parts for Ford. Though JBM is yet to require a choice following Ford announcement to shut the plant, it’s stopped production of Ford spare parts.

“In the last fortnight , we were making body parts. Now, it’s been stopped,” he said. The Ford Suppliers park also houses Wheels India, Adient, one among the leaders in automotive seating, among others.

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JBM is now using the plant to form spare parts for Isuzu and for European auto major Groupe PSA, which goes to kick-start its journey in Chennai. It recently raised a replacement team to form components for Groupe PSA, said an employee, recently transferred to the town from Delhi.

Bigwigs apart, small parts-making units too are troubled by the announcement. C Balachander, who features a Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) unit, supplies spares to JBM for Ford. “These are material-handling equipment. I wont to make around `10 lakh selling these equipment to JBM, which it used for Ford and other auto majors. The order from Ford has been closed since January. meaning a loss of `5 lakh a month,” he said. Meanwhile, the State has yet to form a politician statement on Ford’s getting to pack up operations next year.

Meanwhile, tension was palpable on the faces of employees at Ford’s plant as they went about their work on Monday. And rightly so, for his or her future trusted the result of the discussion held between the employee’s union and therefore the Ford management.

“The discussion started around 10.30 am and went on for nearly three hours,” said Senthil Kumar, General Secretary of Chennai Ford Employees Union. “We have put forth our demands, urging Ford to make sure job security of its employees,” he said. The union has asked Ford to make sure that each one its employees are transferred to any company it plans to sell its assets to.

Result of union-ford discussion

It’s learnt that Ford representatives, headed by the human resources director of Ford India, will announce a choice after a meeting with the company’s management. supported this decision, the union would announce its next course of action, its leaders said

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