Unite calls for job redeployment as Nissan ends Sunderland production of Infiniti Q30
- Tuesday 12 March 2019
Britain and Ireland’s largest union, Unite said it would be working closely with Nissan to protect the jobs of workers affected by the carmaker’s decision to stop production of the Infiniti Q30 at its Sunderland plant.
Responding to today’s (Tuesday 12 March) announcement, Unite said it would be seeking assurances on future employment and was confident of securing redeployment opportunities for the 200 plus workers affected.
Nissan’s announcement to stop production of the Infiniti Q30 at Sunderland follows a decision to stop selling the model in Western Europe amid poor sales. Around 5,000 Infiniti Q30 cars are produced each year at Sunderland. Production will now shift to Japan as Nissan focuses on sales of the Infiniti Q30 in China and Eastern Europe.
The latest announcement comes amid job losses and uncertainty for the UK’s car workers and their colleagues in the supply chain and follows Honda’s announcement that it plans to close its Swindon factory.
Commenting Unite national officer Steve Bush said: “This decision, which is driven by poor sales, is obviously sad news. Unite is confident however that workers on the Infiniti Q30 production line who want to stay with Nissan can be redeployed within the Sunderland plant onto other models.
“In the coming weeks Unite will be working closely with Nissan to protect jobs and ensure that redeployment is carried out in an open and transparent way. We will also be seeking assurances on future employment levels and the production of other models at Sunderland.”
For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869
Notes to editors
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.