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February 15, 2009

Mini expected to announce the loss of 850 jobs

About 850 job cuts and the end of week­end working at the Mini car plant near Oxford are expected to be announced tomorrow in the latest blow to Britain’s manufacturing.

The marque, owned by BMW of Germany, saw global sales accelerate slightly last year only to drop 35% in January. The Mini workers hit by the decision are contract staff with few employment rights – brought in to work alongside full-time employees on the production lines, which built 230,000 vehicles last year. However, the move to reduce output and cut 850 out of 4,500 employees will also affect dozens of supply firms and thousands of their staff who depend on Mini.

Source: The Guardian

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