Nissan plans to temporarily lay off 2,025 workers

27th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

Japan's third largest automaker plans to temporarily lay off 2,025 workers over the next three months as demand for cars continue to fall.

Madrid – Japanese automaker Nissan on Wednesday announced plans to temporarily lay off 2,025 workers at its plants in Barcelona and Montcada in northeastern Spain due to falling demand for its vehicles.

The company has informed workers' representatives of the plan, which would affect factory workers at the two plants on a rotating basis between September and the end of the year, a company spokeswoman said.

The layoffs would follow the sacking of 698 people in July as part of a world restructuring of Nissan's operations amid the global economic slowdown.

The company, Japan's third largest automaker, had originally planned to cut 1,680 employees at its factories in northeastern Spain but backtracked in the face of noisy protests by workers and pressure from local authorities.

New car sales in Spain plunged a record 28 percent last year, as the country slumped into its first recession in 15 years, due to the global credit crunch worsening a correction already underway in its key property sector.

AFP / Expatica

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