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150 Toyota jobs to go on Deeside, Flintshire

Toyota Burnaston plant in Derbyshire
Toyota said all redundancies would be voluntary

Around 150 jobs are expected to be lost at Deeside's Toyota factory as part of wider cuts across the UK which will see around 750 posts being axed in total.

The car maker, which employs about 3,500 people at its two UK plants, said all redundancies will be voluntary.

Staff will return to full-time working from April, after a year of a 10% reduction in hours and pay.

The company employs 536 staff on Deeside and voluntary redundancy applications will begin in the summer.

Toyota has also announced a pay freeze will be imposed due to the "severe economic climate".

Re-organisation plans

The bulk of the redundancies will be made at the Barnaston factory in Derbyshire.

Deputy managing director Tony Walker said: "We have to re-organise now.

"We had a crisis a year ago, we were able to take temporary measures but now it seems we have to be able to be efficient at lower volumes."

The announcement comes after the firm had to recall cars due to technical problems.

Mark Tami, Alyn and Deeside MP, said: "I know that talks have been ongoing with all employees and this deal will ensure Toyota retains a very strong presence in Deeside.

"Further investment is being made in the plant and there will be no compulsory redundancies.

"It is never good to lose staff, but the global motor industry is passing through a very difficult period and this agreement between the workers and managers is aimed at ensuring the maximum number of skilled staff will be retained."

'Confidence'

In a statement, the Welsh Assembly Government said it had been in regular contact with Toyota.

It added: "We will continue to provide the company and its workers all the assistance we can to protect the future of this plant, which despite challenging times has a positive future.

"Later this year Toyota are due to bring into production a low carbon version of the Auris and the hybrid engines will be built in Deeside, which show's the company's confidence in the plant."



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