Nissan plants resume operations amid uncertainty for layoffs
Thousands of workers from the two Nissan plants in Aguascalientes returned yesterday to their jobs with the uncertainty of not knowing if they will be affected by the 1,000 layoffs that the company plans to carry out in the coming weeks.
Rogelio Padilla de León, who heads the CTM in Aguascalientes, the largest union in the country, told local media that the Japanese automaker has not disclosed how many layoffs will be made in each plant. All they know is that the measure will be carried out in the two plants (A1 and A2) that Nissan operates in that state and in CIVAC, the assembly facility located in Cuernavaca, Morelos.
Only the COMPAS plant, which Nissan operates in co-investment with Daimler, will not be affected.
The head of the union affirmed that the dismissals will be carried out gradually in the first three months of the year and will depend not only on the sales volume in the United States, but also on the local market, since a large part of the production of said plants is destined to meet demand in Mexico, where Nissan is undisputed leader in sales by number of units.
The A1 plant produces Sentra sedans, while the A2 manufactures the March, Versa sedan, Versa Note (hatchback), and Kicks crossovers. The Morelos plant––the first that Nissan built outside of Japan––produces NP300 pickups (including a variant for Renault) and NV200 cargo vans.