Nissan Cuernavaca plant shuts down third shift; lays off 550 workers

Representatives of the workers union of the Nissan plant in Cuernavaca, Morelos (CIVAC) announced that due to an increase in inventories, the Japanese automaker decided to eliminate the third production shift, which implied layoffs for 550 workers, El Universal reported.

Through a memorandum, the union leaders asked the workers to remain calm and assured that they are negotiating with the company to try to reduce the number of dismissals as much as possible.

A few months ago, Nissan announced that the plant would stop producing the Tiida compact sedan, which has contributed to a gradual reduction in operations. Back then, the company said that production volumes at the facility will not be affected, since it will continue to manufacture the NP300 Frontier and NP300 pickups, the Nissan Versa, as well as the NV200 and NV200 Taxi commercial vans.

After news of the job cuts in Cuernavaca, rumors began to circulate that there would also be lay-offs at the Aguascalientes plants, which were denied by the union leader of that state. Although he acknowledged that overtime has been eliminated, local media reported.

Rogelio Padilla de Leon, general secretary of the Aguascalientes Workers Federation, said that the decline in sales has not been so sharp among the models that are manufactured in the Nissan plants located in that state, so he made a call to remain calmed.

The leader said that the three plants that Nissan operates in Aguascalientes employ 13,000 people, including managing and production positions, of whom nearly 10,000 are union members.

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