Automotive sector

Nissan to cut 160 jobs as auto challenges continue

Car maker Nissan has confirmed 160 jobs are at risk at its Sunderland plant as part of a global restructuring plan.

The auto giant said the positions in the consultation are all office-based – and represent around 17% of its 900 office workers. No employee in the production line is affected.

A consultation process was launched this morning with affected workers, with Nissan stressing that this decision is aligned with its global Nissan Next transformation plan, to become a leaner and more profitable organization, and was not driven by the impacts Brexit or Covid. -19.

The exact nature of the risky office roles has yet to be confirmed, but a Nissan spokesperson said a “range of office support functions” should be removed.

In a statement, Nissan said, “We are continually adapting our operations to maximize efficiency based on market conditions and are currently in consultation with some of our office workers. “

The announcement comes nearly seven months after Nissan cut nearly 250 employees at its Wearside plant due to a global drop in demand for new cars.

Contracts were not renewed for 248 temporary workers as the auto company grappled with issues that had been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in a period of reduced volumes at its Sunderland plant.

The job losses came shortly after production restarted after a hiatus of several weeks.

Nissan had to shut down production at its Sunderland plant at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but was able to reopen in June with social distancing measures in place.

Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson, whose constituency includes the Nissan plant, said: I am very concerned to hear that Nissan is consulting on about 160 job cuts, a reduction of almost 18% of its office staff.

“It will be particularly alarming for these workers and their families at an already worrying and uncertain time.

“I have been told these cuts are unrelated to the impacts of Covid or Brexit, but it does not provide relief to workers whose livelihoods are at risk.

“I will speak with Nissan and the unions about this as soon as possible.”