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MELBOURNE, Nov 16 AAP

November 16 2012, 07:28AM

Victoria's Ford workers face the grim prospect of arriving at their workplace for the last time as the company sheds hundreds of local jobs.

After a tense night, some 200 workers will arrive at work on Friday to be sacked from Ford's Broadmeadows and Geelong plants in face-to-face meetings with management.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) said some of the workers who will lose their jobs had been employed at Ford for more than 25 years.

"It will be devastating for them," AMWU vehicle division assistant federal secretary Dave Smith told AAP.

Ford said in July that it would axe 440 jobs at the two plants by November due to a slump in large car sales and a production reduction.

But, with redeployment, in-house transfers and 118 voluntary redundancies, 212 will be axed on Friday.

Mr Smith said the union was happy with the way the company had dealt with the redundancies.

Generally speaking, he said, the company had adhered to "the principle we asked them to and that is to treat people with respect and dignity".