Hundreds of people at Mini Oxford Car factory are to lose their jobs

Aug-2020 | Automobile

Pandemic has brought massive damage to the livelihoods of millions of people, all around the globe. Triggered by the same, hundreds of people at Mini Oxford Car factory are to lose their jobs. Car manufacturers BMW, in Cowley, Oxford, made a decision to trim down the number of workers working there. In obedience to the guidelines of WHO, the manufacturing factory complied with the lockdown and brought its production to a standstill in the month of March. It resumed its working in May.

Employing 4000 employees in total, BMW has produced 222,340 Minis in 2019. Due to the present situation, reportedly, BMW said, 400 out 950 personnel on the site would be losing their jobs. Owing to a substantial decrease in the customer demand the company has come to the decision of reducing the number of shifts at the plant, moving from three shifts pattern to two shifts pattern in mid-October. Employees will be working for five days a week. This would mean a reduction from 1000 cars per day to 800 or 900. The recruitment agency, Gi Group will ascertain who amongst the staff will be retained, based on the criteria, such as the length of their service, disciplinary records and individual skills. The decision, in regards to this, will be announced in mid-September. As a consequence of the pandemic, automotive industries have seen a great crash. On account of this, like all other manufacturers, BMW has had to change its forecast for 2020 as is told by Bob Shankly, its human resource director.

"We have, therefore, made the difficult decision to adjust our shift patterns at Mini Plant Oxford from October" said Bob Shankly. "This will give us the flexibility we need to adapt our production in the short to medium term, according to developments in global markets." "Our decision has been made after close discussion with trade union representatives and we are aware that our plans will have an impact on people during an uncertain and worrying time." "We have sought to protect as many jobs as we can, while also taking the necessary steps to ensure the stability of our business in light of this current period of volatile and unpredictable market conditions." The company also informed that it would reduce the number of its core employees, but that would be a "small" amount, while taking in consideration the voluntary redundancies and early retirement options.