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Three-day week for Aston Martin

January 29th, 2009
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Luxury carmaker Aston Martin has put all its production line staff on a three-day week as it struggles to cope with the downturn in the car industry.

The company said the new Monday to Wednesday shift pattern was temporary and affected just under 600 staff.  The employees’ hours will be ‘banked’ and claimed back by the firm later.

The firm announced 600 redundancies in December. Three hundred staff have already left and it is in the final stages of consultation over the remaining 300. It will employ 1,250 staff at Gaydon following the planned redundancies.

A spokesman said: “Like other premium car brands, Aston Martin has been forced to take action to respond to the unprecedented downturn in the global economy.

“Following detailed consultation with our trade union partners we have agreed further measures to help manage our way through this challenging period, while minimising the impact on our employees as much as possible.”


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