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MINI Oxford car plant plans to cut jobs postponed

MINI Oxford car plant plans to cut jobs postponed

Plans to cut around 400 jobs at the MINI car plant in Oxford in the coming weeks due to reduced customer demand have been postponed.

BMW, which owns the plant in Cowley, said in August that it would cut 400 jobs due to reduced customer demand.

But it said they would now be kept on after "recent and unexpected improvements in global customer demand".

Production at the factory was halted in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, with work resuming in May.

Last month it was announced the plant would move from a three-shift pattern to running two shifts by mid-October. It would have still operated five days a week.

But the three-shift pattern will be maintained for the time being "in light of higher-than-expected order volumes", a spokesman said.

He added: "We remain in close dialogue with trade union representatives and are keeping our workforce, including agency employees, fully informed of any developments during this uncertain and unpredictable time.

"The continuing market volatility posed by the Covid-19 pandemic means that we cannot say whether, or for how long, positive market trends will continue, and we will of course be keeping the situation under close review in the weeks and months ahead."