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Nissan Offers To Postpone Barcelona Plant Closures By Six Months

The decision to shut its three Barcelona plants and lay off around 3,000 workers was announced in May as part of a turnaround plan for Nissan, triggering protests by workers and a commitment by Madrid to convince the company to stay.

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Instead of December 2020, Nissan will now postpone closure of its 3 Barcelona plants until June 2021

Highlights

  • Nissan is willing to postpone the closure of its plants until June 2021
  • But Nissan will postpone only if workers resume production
  • The decision to shut 3 Barcelona plants is part of its turnaround plan

Nissan Motor Co. is willing to postpone until June 2021 the closure of its three Barcelona plants, which had originally been due to close by December 2020, but only if workers resume production, a top executive said on Tuesday.

The decision to shut its three Barcelona plants and lay off around 3,000 workers was announced in May as part of a turnaround plan for Nissan, triggering protests by workers and a commitment by Madrid to convince the company to stay.

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Nissan says it will postpone the closure of its three Barcelona plants only if workers resume production

The postponement deal would also imply an agreement on compensation for laid-off workers and this would have to be reached before July 30 or early August when a negotiation period ends, Frank Torres, the head of the Japanese carmaker's industrial operations in Spain, told reporters.

In exchange Nissan would not conduct layoffs until the end of 2020, Torres said. The postponement decision aims to give Spanish authorities time to find another company that could be interested in the plants, he said, adding that Nissan still saw no alternative to the plants' closure.

Union leaders at Nissan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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