A truly terrible week for Toyota culminated in the announcement of 750 redundancies at its plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire. "[Last year] was a tough year for Toyota Manufacturing UK," the carmaker said. "The decision is related to production capacity and efficiency, not to production volumes."
The Burnaston plant manufactures Toyota's Avensis and Auris models. BBC News reports the redundancies will be voluntary and negotiated with the company's workforce. Toyota employs about 4,000 people in the UK.
The news about layoffs comes on top of a massive worldwide recall of millions of cars and the suspension of sales of eight popular US models.
What is redundancy?
As discussed in greater detail elsewhere on FindLaw, redundancy occurs when an employer needs to reduce the workforce for a reason unconnected to the conduct or capability of the employee(s) concerned.
Ordinarily, an employee's job must disappear before they can be made redundant. However, redundancy bumping is also permitted, which often happens when a senior employee is prepared to take a more junior role to avoid redundancy, thus making a junior employee redundant.
** Information & advice about employee redundancy rights **
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