BMW who own the Mini car plant in Oxford have warned that hundreds of jobs will be lost, due to a “substantial” fall in demand for cars during the lockdown.
The factory based in Cowley halted production in March and resumed in May and have continued to see a fall in demand which will lead to 400 agency personnel affected.
Gi Group who employ the agency personnel will retain staff according to length of service, individual skills and disciplinary records.
HR director Bob Shankly said, “Like other automotive manufacturers, our volume forecasts for 2020 have had to change accordingly.
“We have, therefore, made the difficult decision to adjust our shift patterns at Mini Plant Oxford from October.
“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.”