Wednesday, September 23, 2020

90 jobs at risk at Scarborough coach maker

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. (NFI), the bus manufacturers, has begun the formal consultation on its restructuring programme, which could see 90 production jobs lost in Scarborough at coachbuilder Plaxton.

The restructuring programme comes in response to the significant fall in demand for new buses and coaches in the United Kingdom as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

200 jobs in manufacturing and operational support are also set to be cut at Guildford, while 160 manufacturing roles in Falkirk are to be lost.

As the company adjusts its overhead to the change in manufacturing activity, a further 200 roles will be affected in support functions across all UK sites.

ADL is actively seeking voluntary redundancies to reduce the number of compulsory job losses.

ADL President & Managing Director Paul Davies says: “We have no choice but to implement these tough decisions to protect the company’s future health. We remain confident that the situation will improve in time, and we are well placed to take advantage when that happens, but right now we have to adjust to our new economic reality.

“We continue to call upon the UK and Scottish Governments to urgently introduce meaningful support to facilitate demand for new buses and coaches, not only to prevent further damage to UK bus and coach manufacturing that could threaten additional production sites, but to help build back better with a green recovery that delivers cleaner air for our towns and cities.”

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