Responding to news that Nissan has started discussions with employees, aimed at reducing the number of permanent staff at its Sunderland plant, Unite acting national officer Steve Bush said: “Unite is working with Nissan to minimise job losses associated with a short-term reduction in volumes at the car maker’s Sunderland plant. 

“Unite has been assured that any job reductions will be on a voluntary basis and on enhanced terms. Over the coming weeks we will be giving our members maximum support and ensuring that they can make informed choices about their future. 

“Going forward we expect to see temporary workers at the plant move into permanent positions as volumes pick up again in future years.”


For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.  

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.