As May 28 approaches, the day Nissan will unveil its new strategic plan worldwide, rumors spread like wildfire among factories and employees of the Japanese car giant. The corporation is studying cutting more than 20,000 jobs worldwide, as one of the measures included in that restructuring plan, according to sources close to the firm.
If applied, the measure will mean that the company will shed nearly 15% of its global workforce, with the aim of reducing costs to fight the impact of the coronavirus crisis and falling sales, according to media such as the newspaper. Japanese ‘Kyodo’.
Specifically, Nissan managers are analyzing the possibility of reducing their workforce in Europe and in different emerging economies, while streamlining their industrial operations, affected by the current situation in the automotive market.
Renault’s Valladolid plant announces it will begin producing its first plug-in hybrid car
After the strong corporate crisis linked to the case of Carlos Ghosn, its former president – accused in Japan of different tax crimes – Nissan is now facing the coronavirus crisis, which has forced it to suspend production at its plants in Japan and outside the country.
Almost a year ago, it announced its intention to reduce its global production capacity by 10% and that it would carry out a workforce cut of 12,500 people by the end of 2022.
In Spain, the brand operates two plants, in the Barcelona Free Trade Zone -where it manufactures the Navara, NV200, e-NV200 and Renault AlasKan- and in Ávila -where it assembles the NT400 Cabstar-.
And that is precisely the main focus of fear on the plans of the automobile. Especially since a week ago several Japanese media anticipated that Nissan was planning to close its Barcelona factory and move production to different Renault factories, a decision that would affect 3,000 direct workers and another 20,000 indirect workers. From May 4, the workers have been on indefinite strike until the management of the company “clarifies” the immediate future of the facilities.
The other pillar of that same Nissan conglomerate, completed by Renault, is also experiencing serious problems. This Friday, the French economy minister, Bruno Le Maire, pointed out that the firm “is at stake for survival” and “may disappear.”
Guarantees to be French
The French minister has assured that the group intends to request a loan with state guarantees for 5 billion, which has not yet been signed. To carry out this transaction, the Executive demands three “commitments”: the electric vehicle, the respect of the auxiliary companies and the location in France of its technological activities.
The statements come just days after it emerged that Renault would be planning to close three factories located in France as part of its restructuring to deal with the coronavirus crisis. Meanwhile, in Spain, the firm announced that the Valladolid factory will produce its first plug-in hybrid car, in a version of its Captur model.