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Ford offers 'separation packages' to German workers in bid to shed 5,000 jobs

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Ed Adamczyk
Ford Motor Company announced Friday 5,000 jobs in Germany and more in Britain will be cut as part of an $11 billion restructuring. File Photo by Mark Cowan/UPI
Ford Motor Company announced Friday 5,000 jobs in Germany and more in Britain will be cut as part of an $11 billion restructuring. File Photo by Mark Cowan/UPI | License Photo

March 15 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co. announced on Friday it will cut 5,000 manufacturing jobs in Germany and more in Great Britain, as part of an international cost-cutting effort.

The automaker said it's offered voluntary separation packages for employees as part of an $11 billion restructuring strategy for its struggling European operations.

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Ford did not specify the number of job cuts in Britain.

Ford's European operations seek to reduce its vehicle lineup to three categories -- commercial vehicles, passenger vehicles and imports. It also plans to simplify its product lines and concentrate on the most profitable vehicles.

Ford has money-losing operations in China and Latin America and CEO Steve Hackett has pledged to make those sectors profitable. Despite a decline in worldwide profits and a 40 percent fall in stock price, Ford has rewarded Hackett with an improved salary package of $17.8 million in 2018, up from $16.7 million in 2017.

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