Bentley redundancies are a ‘heavy blow’ for car industry

Unite, the union that represents the workforce at luxury car maker Bentley, has described Friday’s announcement that the company is seeking to make 1,000 workers redundant as a “heavy blow”.
Bentley employs 4,200 workers at its factory in Crewe. The proposed 1,000 redundancies, which will be on a voluntary basis, account for just under 25% of the workforce.
Unite's national officer for the automotive sector Steve Bush said: “This is another heavy blow for our automotive industry and its dedicated workforce.
“Bentley is a name known around the world for the quality of its vehicles, thanks in large part to the expertise of this highly dedicated and superb workforce.
“To ask 1,000 of them to leave the company, albeit on voluntary terms, is heart-breaking for the workforce and their communities. We are determined to support our members during this process to do what we can to mitigate the jobs lost.”
He added: “Unite will ensure that all our members are properly advised and supported throughout this highly stressful and traumatic time.
“The news is another sorry reminder of the battering this sector is taking, caught by a downturn in global demand which has then been supercharged by the global covid-19 pandemic.”
He said it was essential that the Government worked with the automotive industry and Unite “to bring forward the sort of sector specific support we are seeing other governments deliver, in France and Germany, because for every automotive job that goes, four more will go in the wider supply chain.”