Responding to the confirmation by Nissan today (Sunday 3 February) that the X-Trail SUV model will not be coming as planned to the Sunderland plant, Unite's acting national officer for the automotive sector Steve Bush said:

"This is very disappointing news for Sunderland and the north east, and reflects the serious challenges facing the entire UK auto sector.  

"The government's mishandling of the transition away from diesel allied to the continuing uncertainty around our future trading relationship with the EU are extremely unhelpful when the sector ought to be focussed on preparations for electrification and industry 4.0.

"While this decision is naturally not good news we want to reassure our members that job levels at the plant will remain the same even though they are being cut elsewhere in the industry. 

"However, we remain seriously concerned though that the apprenticeships and additional jobs that come with future investment and which this community so desperately needs will be lost.

"Unite now expects the company to work with us to ensure full preparations for Brexit in which jobs and investment are prioritised, which can be best achieved by our representation on the task force established by Nissan, and through continuous dialogue between the company and the union."

For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 [email protected] or Pauline Doyle on [email protected]

Notes to editors  

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.