Sat, Apr 28, 2018 7:42 PM
Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has delivered a job blow to the UK car market by announcing that it is cutting hundreds of jobs at the Sunderland car plant.
Nissan builds both the Qashqai and Juke models in Sunderland, employing 7,000 workers and the job losses come amid concerns about demand for diesel vehicles and a switch in production to newer models.
A Nissan spokesman said: "As previously communicated, we are transitioning to a new range of powertrains over the next year.
"As we make the operational changes required to support this, we will be managing a planned short-term reduction in powertrain supply and plant volumes at NMUK in line with our 2018 Business Plan. We are now discussing these operational changes with our employees."
Nissan has indicated that it expects production volumes to recover as it begins to make the new models.
The news comes less than a week after Jaguar Land Rover announced that it would be cutting 1,000 contract roles.
Union officials are confident that they can secure as many roles in Sunderland with Unite’s National Officer, Steve Bush saying that they are working with Nissan “to minimise job losses associated with a short-term reduction in volumes at the carmaker's Sunderland plant.
"Going forward we expect to see temporary workers at the plant move into permanent positions as volumes pick up again in future years."
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