BARCELONA: Nissan Motor Co. said on Tuesday it’s prepared to postpone till June 2021 the closure of its Barcelona crops and talk about “everything” with unions, however insisted it sees no various to the factories shutting.
The three Barcelona crops, which make use of round 3,000 staff, have been initially due to shut by December this year.
The postponement relies upon on reaching a cope with unions earlier than July 30 or early August that will indicate resuming manufacturing, which was stopped in May, and agreeing on the compensation that staff would obtain as soon as the crops shut, a high Nissan government informed reporters.
In trade, Nissan wouldn’t conduct layoffs till the top of 2020 however would preserve its plan to hearth no less than round 2,500 staff as soon as the factories shut, Frank Torres, the top of the Japanese carmaker’s industrial operations in Spain, said.
The resolution to shut them was introduced in May as a part of a turnaround plan for Nissan, prompting protests by staff and a dedication by Madrid to persuade the company to keep.
The trade ministry was “closely following” the talks between the company and union representatives, a spokesperson said and “hoped the final decision is to keep the automotive activity in Barcelona”.
Javier Hernandez, UGT union chief at Nissan, said it was “very complicated” to attain a cope with the carmaker within the subsequent two weeks, particularly if it maintains its layoff plans as a result of it will discourage staff to go back to the factories.
But he supported the postponement of their closure. “Anything that implies gaining time is essential for us because we have to find an industrial alternative.”
Hernandez added he was afraid Nissan wouldn’t assist discover a company that may very well be keen on its crops if staff agree in coming weeks on the compensation they’d obtain as soon as the factories absolutely shut.
On whether or not the closure was irreversible as Nissan has been insisting, Torres said shutting them was the one viable possibility even when it acquired a brand new public assist bundle, including there have been no concrete offers for now from different firms.
“We are willing to talk about everything”, he said.
The crops, which have been working because the 1980s, primarily produce electrical vans and pickup vans and are Nissan’s primary European crops after its England one.
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