Nissan furloughs majority of staff in Sunderland as it extends shut down until at least the end of April

Nissan is extending its coronavirus lock-down for at least another four weeks.

Thursday, 2nd April 2020, 4:53 pm
Updated Thursday, 2nd April 2020, 5:06 pm

And the car giant announced today it is placing most staff on furlough until the end of the closure.

The firm employs around 7,000 people at its Sunderland plant and is placing the vast majority on furlough under the Government scheme to support jobs until the outbreak is over.

Only a handful of staff essential to the plant’s ‘security and integrity’ remain on site.

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Nissan is extending its suspension of production until the end of April

The company said it was assessing the impact of the virus outbreak on its supply chain disruption and had seen a ‘sudden drop in market demand caused by the COVID-19 emergency.’

Now the firm has confirmed the suspension will remain in operation until at least the end of the month.

A Nissan spokesman said: “Vehicle production at Nissan Sunderland Plant has been suspended since 17th March. This suspension will now continue throughout April.

“During this period the majority of plant employees will be furloughed, and we are grateful for the government support that has enabled us to take this action.

“Our goal is to navigate through this crisis while maintaining activities critical for business continuity and to make sure we are prepared for the time when business resumes in Europe and we can welcome the Nissan team back to work.”

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