650 jobs to go at UK bus maker
650 jobs are to go at UK bus maker Alexander Dennis, due to falling demand. This is due to a large re-organisation brought about by the economic effects of lockdown.
Who are Alexander Dennis?
Alexander Dennis are a large bus and coach manufacturer with several plants in the UK at Guildford, Scarborough and Falkirk. They are part of the NFI group, operating globally with over 2,700 employees worldwide. Up to 650 jobs are to go at the UK bus maker.
What has caused the job losses?
According to the Chief Executive, Colin Robinson;
“A few short months ago, we were looking at a record year of sales, reaping the benefits of all our investment in new technology, new products and new markets. All of this changed with the impact of COVID-19.
Since March, we have been in constant dialogue with the UK and Scottish Governments to make them aware of the unprecedented crisis facing our industry… we are heartened by the Prime Minister’s reiteration earlier this month of the pledge he made in February to bring 4,000 new green buses into service. We continue to call upon both Governments to act now to prevent further job cuts and preserve the UK’s world-leading bus and coach manufacturing industry.”
What do the unions say?
Steve Bush from Unite, the trade union representing many auto industry workers, stated;
“This is a devastating blow for Alexander Dennis workers and their communities….
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the automotive sector greatly… Unite is clear ADL must not impact its future operating capacity by cutting jobs opportunistically for the sake of short-term savings.
The government also has its part to play. This month Boris Johnson reiterated that £3 billion will be allocated for 4,000 green buses to be built. Those plans must be activated as soon as possible to save jobs and get the UK on the road to cleaner public transport.”
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