Hundreds of workers at Ford’s Bridgend plant who make engines for Jaguar cars are being paid to stay at home for a week.

The five-day shutdown is happening because the company is stopping production at its assembly plants at Solihull for a fortnight.

The affected staff, on the AJ line, will get basic pay during the break.

Wales’ First Minister Carwyn Jones said he wanted assurances the move was only temporary.

News of the shutdown has caused fresh anxiety for those at the plant – one of the biggest employers in Wales.

A Welsh Government spokesman described the news as “obviously concerning for workers”.

He added: “Senior officials from the Welsh Government have spoken to Ford today and are meeting officials from Unite the Union tomorrow to discuss the shutdown and other matters regarding the future of the Bridgend plant.”

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