From The BBC:
Bosses at Mini have been in discussions with unions over changes to shift patterns at the firm’s Oxford plant.
But a spokesperson for the BMW-owned carmaker said reports about 850 workers being laid off at its Cowley factory had been made “speculatively”.
Details about shift patterns are still being finalised, the spokesperson said.
The talks come as the plant experiences its latest shutdown after a fall in sales during the economic downturn. The site is closing for a week from Monday.
When the last late shift workers leave on Sunday night, the plant will not restart production until 23 February.
All staff at the factory, including remaining agency workers, will be paid their basic wages during the closure.
A Mini spokesperson confirmed that the company had held discussions with Unite union representatives over changes to shift patterns at the plant.
“Our first priority is to communicate with the workforce,” the spokesperson said.
The company’s 4,500 staff ret…