Toyota to cut production and pay

Toyota has announced pay and production cuts at its UK plants as the motor industry continues to struggle.

The Japanese car giant will make the changes at its two UK factories - Deeside in North Wales and Burnaston, near Derby.

The firm said the cuts would be in place for a year and the move comes after an in-depth consultation.

Toyota has a workforce of 3,900 at its main factory in Burnaston and then another 570 at its plant in Deeside. So far 200 temporary jobs have been cut and a voluntary redundancy scheme has opened.

A statement said: "Following extensive consultation with our employee representatives, and with input from all employees, it has been agreed that the best way to secure long term employment is to temporarily reduce working hours and base pay by 10%.

"This work share arrangement will take effect from 1st April and will be in place for one year, during this time we will continue to monitor the market and company situation closely.

"We believe the measures we have announced give us a greater opportunity to maintain employment through this difficult period."

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