Nissan’s decision to go-ahead with the next generation Juke car is ‘another positive step in the renaissance of the British car industry’, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Thursday 3 September).
The estimated £100m investment in the flagship model at the Sunderland site secures the future for both production lines at the UK’s biggest car plant and the jobs of 34,000 people currently employed by Nissan and its British suppliers beyond 2020.
Unite assistant general secretary for manufacturing Tony Burke said: “We warmly welcome the decision of Nissan to build the new Juke model in the UK, when it could have gone to one of Nissan’s plants abroad.
“The decision demonstrates the confidence the industry has in a highly skilled and dedicated workforce across the UK automotive industry and is a tribute to the close working relationship between management and unions built up over the last decade.
“Unite’s union reps and the Sunderland workforce have worked hard to secure the investment which will protect thousands of decent skilled jobs for the foreseeable future.
“This news is another vote of confidence in the continuing renaissance of the British car industry.”
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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble in the Unite press office on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940.
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.