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Toyota to more than halve production in May

A number of Japanese companies have reduced production following the earthquake and tsunami in March

Production in Toyota’s Deeside plant is to be more than halved. Earlier this month the car company announced it would temporarily reduce production across its European plants during April and May to preserve parts following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

During May there will be two non-production days a week – with the other three production days reduced to half shifts.

Staff will be paid for working full time and asked to make up the hours again at a later point.

A spokesperson for the company said: “Following further study and consultation with employee representatives it has been agreed that, in order to manage this reduction, the plant will have two days of non-production each week and limit production to half a shift on the other three days.

“Temporary flexible working arrangements have been agreed and will be adopted from 3rd May to enable Fridays throughout May to be designated as a ‘non-attendance’ days. On these days employees will still be paid and work back these hours at a later date.

“The remaining non production time will be utilised for continuous improvement (kaizen) and training activities (including NVQs).”


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