Nearly 250 jobs to go at Nissan's UK plant

FILE PHOTO: Workers are seen on the production line at Nissan's car plant in Sunderland Britain, October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters) - Nissan will not extend the contracts of 248 temporary workers at its British car factory, the Japanese automaker said on Thursday, as the industry struggles with reduced demand amid the coroanvirus outbreak.

Output at the northern English Sunderland plant was halted in mid-March and resumed at the start of the week but with only one line, which makes the Juke and Qashqai models, in operation.

A second line, which builds Qashqai and the electric LEAF, will reopen on June 22, the firm said.

“Given current business conditions in Europe, we are facing a period of reduced volumes in our Sunderland plant,” the firm said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, therefore, we will not be extending the contracts of 248 temporary manufacturing staff at the plant.”

The reduction means total staffing at the site will stand at 5,750 people.

Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Stephen Addison