Ford might cut global workforce by 10 percent, reports claim

From CNET: The Michigan Supreme Court ruling for Dodge v. Ford Motor Company, 1919 held that the goal of a corporation is to advance the interests of its shareholders ahead of providing charitable benefits for customers or employees. A new report offers a real-world example of how that works.

Ford will allegedly cut approximately 10 percent of its global workforce in order to bolster corporate profits and stem stock-price bleeding, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources close to the plan. Reuters is also claiming the same thing, according to its sources.

Ford's global headcount sits at some 200,000 employees, so 10 percent comes out to about 20,000 potentially lost jobs. WSJ's report claims that a majority of these cuts will be aimed at salaried employees, and Reuters alleges that some workers will be offered "generous" early retirement packages in order to reduce future overhead.

It's all about cost-cutting measures. Ford has targeted approximately $3 billion in cuts in 2017, ahead of what many believe will be a flat period for US auto sales. Ford's share price has fallen some 40 percent since Mark Fields became the automaker's CEO in 2014, even as sales rose. But with profits expected to decline this year, Ford likely wants to assure investors that it can weather a storm or two without hemorrhaging money.

Ford isn't confirming these plans, though. "We remain focused on the three strategic priorities that will create value and drive profitable growth," a Ford spokesperson said in an emailed statement, "which include fortifying the profit pillars in our core business, transforming traditionally underperforming areas of our core business and investing aggressively, but prudently, in emerging opportunities."

View: Article @ Source Site