Ford and Tata's Jag/Landie Negotiations: Stumble, Trip; Stumble, Trip

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
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To paraphrase the Bard, "there's many a slip between the cup and the transfer of over a billion dollars into a bank account." TTAC has been studiously avoiding all those "Tata Motors about to complete Jag and Landie sale" stories filling our competitors' columns. Just as a week is a long time in politics, "soon" is a meaningless term in corporate buy-outs. And now comes word from the Times of India that Ford's U.K. unions are part of FoMoCo's problem, not its solution. Apparently, the unions are unhappy about "issues of job security and retaining production capacity in England." Although Ford has steadfastly refused to retain a stake in Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR), union leaders are pressing Ford to extract long-term commitments for their services re: production of engines, axles and other major components. The Times reports that Ford is "independently negotiating" continued support to Tata Motors post purchase. "When contacted, a senior Ford official insisted that the sale process of JLR was independent of the talks with the Unions." In other words, this one's still set to run and run…

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  • Guyincognito Guyincognito on Feb 18, 2008

    I was wondering why I hadn't seen the "Tata officially takes over Jaguar and Land Rover" news story yet. My bet, by the time this deal is done, Ford ends up paying Tata or the unions or both more than it receives.