Hundreds of temporary jobs to go at Nissan’s Sunderland plant

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NISSAN is to cut hundreds of temporary jobs at its Sunderland factory.

The car giant announced today it is to cease 24-hour production on line two at the factory, which builds the Juke and Note.

The move will see the workforce reduced by 365, though the firm expects the number of workers affected to be less, due to staff turnover. The cuts will be limited to staff on temporary contracts.

Nissan has recruited 2,000 people to the Sunderland workforce in the past two years to support a £1billion investment programme.

After making more than 500,000 cars in each of the last two years, 24-hour working on both lines was introduced in January.

But the firm announced to staff this morning that demand no longer justifies running three shifts beyond the summer and Line 2 will return to two-shift operations from mid-June.

“At the end of this period we expect headcount at Sunderland to be around 6,700, supporting two-shift operations on Line 2 with 24-hour operations continuing across the rest of the site,” said a spokesman.

“This year we anticipate production volumes of 500,000 in Sunderland for a third consecutive year, which will be another record for the UK car industry, as we remain on track to become the number one Asian brand in Europe.