Luxe car firm axe 1,000 jobs

Bentley job slash more bad news for UK auto industry

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Unite members at luxury car maker Bentley described today’s announcement (Friday June 5) that the company is seeking to make 1,000 workers redundant as another ‘heavy blow’.

Bentley currently employs 4,200 workers at its factory in Crewe, Cheshire. The proposed 1,000 redundancies, which will be on a voluntary basis, account for almost one quarter of the workforce.

“This is another heavy blow for our automotive industry and its dedicated workforce,” commented Unite national officer Steve Bush.

“Bentley is a name known around the world for the quality of its vehicles, thanks in large part to the expertise of this highly dedicated and superb workforce.

“To ask 1,000 of them to leave the company, albeit on voluntary terms, is heart breaking for the workforce and their communities.  We are determined to support our members during this process to do what we can to mitigate the jobs lost.

“Unite will ensure that all our members are properly advised and supported throughout this highly stressful and traumatic time,” he added.

The unwelcome news comes at as the coronavirus outbreak is hitting UK manufacturing – and the sector’s workforce – extremely hard.

“Today’s news is another sorry reminder of the battering this sector is taking, caught by a downturn in global demand which has then been supercharged by the global Covid-19 pandemic,” said Bush.

“It is absolutely essential that the government works with the automotive industry and Unite to bring forward the sort of sector specific support we are seeing other governments deliver, in France and Germany, because for every automotive job that goes, four more will go in the wider supply chain,” he added.

“Our members have shown their commitment to the brand over many years and this should not go unrecognised,” added Unite Bentley convenor, Stuart Davis. “2020 should have been Bentley’s best ever year but sadly it will now be remembered for all the wrong reasons.”

By Barckley Sumner 

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