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Nissan will end the night shift at Sunderland plant, workers have been told

Nissan will end the night shift in Sunderland Credit: PA

Car giant Nissan is to end the night shift at its Sunderland plant, workers have been told.

Unite said it believed no jobs will be lost as a result of the decision, but workers will lose a shift allowance.

The move follows a decline in car sales and has raised fears of a knock-on effect in firms that supply Nissan with parts.

The plant employs about 3,000 workers on the night shift.

  • Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said:

Unite has been aware of this announcement for some time and our officers and reps at the plant have been working hard to ensure that the full workforce is protected.

As a result, no jobs will be lost with current demand being consolidated into the remaining day shifts.

Protecting jobs and the families and communities that rely on them is what strong unions do and Unite has done that again here in very difficult circumstances.

I’m incredibly proud of our Unite team that has worked so hard to make this happen.

  • In a statement, Nissan said:

To support the production of new Juke, extra manufacturing staff will be needed on the plant’s production Line Two.

In a restructuring of the production schedule, these staff will transfer from production Line One, with both lines operating on a two shift pattern. Overall headcount at the plant will remain the same.

– Nissan