Ford cutting 3,000 jobs globally, top execs tell employees

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. plans to eliminate 3,000 jobs globally this week, according to a letter sent to employees Monday and obtained by sibling publication Automotive News in Detroit.

The automaker is cutting 2,000 salaried positions and 1,000 agency jobs, CEO Jim Farley and Executive Chair Bill Ford said. Affected employees in the United States, Canada and India will be informed this week, the letter said. A Ford spokesman confirmed the letter as authentic.

“Building this future requires changing and reshaping virtually all aspects of the way we have operated for more than a century,” Farley and Ford wrote. “It requires focus, clarity and speed. And, as we have discussed in recent months, it means redeploying resources and addressing our cost structure, which is uncompetitive versus traditional and new competitors.”

The company told employees that in addition to eliminating jobs, it is reorganizing and simplifying functions within its organization.

“None of this changes the fact that this is a difficult and emotional time,” the letter said. “The people leaving the company this week are friends and coworkers and we want to thank them for all they have contributed to Ford. We have a duty to care for and support those affected – and we will live up to this duty — providing not only benefits but significant help to find new career opportunities.”

Speculation over potential Ford job cuts has been mounting for the last month.

Ford shares fell 5.6 per cent to US$14.98 in early trading Monday as most major stock indexes were down.

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