“As Ford decides to close its Maraimalainagar plant, the workers may look for work,” a Ford India Private Ltd employee told IANS.
The workers are negotiating with Ford India for better severance pay.
Apart from the car factory, Ford also has a global technology and business center in India.
In September 2021, Ford India announced its decision to end vehicle assembly in Sanand, Gujarat by the fourth quarter of 2021 and vehicle and engine production in Chennai by the second quarter of 2022.
Ford India has four plants in the country – vehicle and engine plants in Chennai and Sanand.
Workers at the Maraimalainagar plant are also distraught at being sidelined as Ford India’s Gujarat plant and its employees are taken over by Tata Motors subsidiary Tata Passenger Electric Mobility.
“According to our job seeker activity survey, 62.5 percent of ex-Ford employees have been actively looking for a job in the past week,” said Aditya Narayan Mishra, director and CEO, CIEL HR Services. said IANS.
About two percent of Ford’s former employees have managed to find work in the past year. He added that some of them have found job opportunities in the automotive sector and some in the IT services sector, which caters to the automotive sector.
He said the data can be derived from changes and online updates to CVs of people registered with CIEL HR.
Companies like Tata Motors, MG Motors and green projects like Triton have evaluated these candidates, but the demand is not enough to accommodate all job seekers, Mishra said.