UNION bosses are urging Nissan to recognise the contribution of workers at its Sunderland plant.
Nissan announced this week it built more than 500,000 cars on Wearside for the second year running during 2013.
The milestone was reached as the new Sunderland-built Qashqai was named 2014 Car of the Year by What Car? magazine.
Staff at the factory are in the final year of a two-year pay deal and Unite will soon prepare its claim for January 2015.
The union is calling on the company to recognise the contribution workers have made. National officer Tony Murphy said: “Building over a million cars in two years is a sign of the company’s success, but also a sign of the phenomenal achievements of the workforce in Sunderland.
“Nissan must recognise the contribution of the workforce during the next set of pay negotiations.
“The company says its workforce sets the benchmark for productivity and quality, so it is only right that their pay and conditions matches their effort and expertise.”
A spokesperson for Nissan said: “Nissan has enjoyed an excellent relationship with our workforce since our Sunderland plant was established in the 1980s, and we value and recognise their contribution to the business over many years.
“With regard to the comments by Unite, we do not comment publicly on internal matters.”