Ford has welcomed today's (1/12/00) announcement by its trade unions that employees on the Dagenham Estate have voted against taking industrial action over the ending of vehicle production there. The company says the 'actions' announced on 12 May after its extensive European Business Review are not only essential for its long term viability and success in Europe, but are also vital for the future of the Dagenham site. Vehicle production at Dagenham will end by the first-quarter of 2002 and a $US600 million investment will be made in the sprawling site, east of the city of London, over the next five years.