Nissan closes UK factory for two weeks
Nissan will close its Sunderland factory from Friday for two weeks. This is due to the global financial downturn resulting in lower sales of its Micra and Note models.
When it finally opens again it will run only ten production lines, run them 10% slower,and only for 3 day a week.
Although this will affect all workers there are no planned redundancies at the moment.
The deteriorating conditions for UK manufacturing were starkly underlined yesterday by news that falling orders have forced the carmaker Nissan to halt production for two of its Sunderland-made models for two weeks.
Production of the Micra and Note has been cancelled from Friday. When output of the models resumes on November 10 their production lines will, for the next fortnight, run only an average of three days a week and speed will be cut by 10 per cent to slow output.
These moves at the UK's biggest carmaking site will affect 800 employees currently working on Micra, a super-mini, and Note, a small family car. Affected workers will not lose wages. For the fortnight's nonproduction they will attend work for training. Other lost days will be recouped with extra shifts at a later date.
Yesterday Trevor Mann, Nissan's senior vicepresident for manufacturing in Europe, said the move was a response to a "quite dramatic and very real downturn". "This situation has been caused by the global economic downturn - nobody is immune," he said.