Nissan to cut 581 jobs in Barcelona

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Japanese automaker Nissan announced a plan to slash 581 jobs at its plant in Barcelona.

Madrid – Japanese automaker Nissan Tuesday announced a plan to slash 581 jobs at its plant in Barcelona, about one third of the number initially envisaged, a union said.

"Nissan today presented a labour plan for 581 people," said the secretary general of the UGT union at Nissan in Barcelona, Jordi Carmona.

The company, which is 44-percent owned by France's Renault, had announced in October that it would cut 1,680 of the 3,850 employees in Barcelona as part of a worldwide restructuring.

But in February, it launched negotiations with unions during which the two sides agreed on a plan of voluntary departures which would reduce the numbers by 1,100.

"Nissan believes the negotiations launched on 25 February are completed," Nissan said.

"However, these measures are not enough to achieve a factory that is competitive enough to ensure its future."

UGT is opposed to the plan, demanding that negotiations remain open.

Spain's auto manufacturing sector is the third-biggest in Europe and accounts for just under 10 percent of the country's economic output and 15 percent of exports.

In 2008, new car sales in Spain plunged 28 percent, the largest-ever annual decline as the country slumped into its first recession in 15 years due as the global credit crunch worsened a correction already underway in its property sector.

AFP / Expatica

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