1. ITV Report

Nissan to cut hundreds of jobs at Sunderland plant

Hundreds of workers at Nissan's Sunderland plant will lose their jobs.

There are fears that employees among the 7,000 strong workforce, will be laid off following a decline in demand for diesel cars. Around a quarter of the cars made at the site, run on diesel.

Nissan have said they will speak to staff about leaving the company on a voluntary basis.

Seven thousand people are currently employed to work at the plant

A spokesperson for Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK has insisted the move is not in relation to Brexit, but said they are discussing these operational changes with their employees.

However, they insist there is still a bright future for Nissan with Juke, Qashqai and X-Trail orders remaining at the Sunderland site.

Nissan have stated the move is not in relation to Brexit Credit: ITV News
  • Statement from NISSAN

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.

– Nissan
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  • Statement by Sharon Hodgson MP for Washington and Sunderland West

I am disappointed to hear today that jobs at Nissan will be lost due to a slight dip in demand for vehicles currently being produced.

I appreciate that many people will be concerned by this announcement, but I have sought assurances from Nissan that this situation has nothing to do with Brexit.

I hope that this decision, although unfortunate, will allow Nissan to increase their production long-term and thus provide more jobs to our local area in the future.

– Sharon Hodgson MP
Around a quarter of the cars made at the site are diesel Credit: ITV News
  • Statement by UNITE Union

Unite is working with Nissan to minimise job losses associated with a short-term reduction in volumes at the car maker’s Sunderland plant.

Unite has been assured that any job reductions will be on a voluntary basis and on enhanced terms. Over the coming weeks we will be giving our members maximum support and ensuring that they can make informed choices about their future.

Going forward we expect to see temporary workers at the plant move into permanent positions as volumes pick up again in future years.

– Steve Bush, UNITE

Ross Smith, Director of Policy at the North East England Chamber of Commerce says although this will be disappointing news to some, looking forward, the region is still in a good financial position.