The Nissan factory in Sunderland is the most productive car factory in Europe. Its workers went on a wrecking spree in a row about overtime.

Nissed off about overtime


ANGRY car workers at motor giant Nissan went on a £200,000 wrecking spree in a row about overtime.

Shocked bosses are investigating after 20 cars were deliberately damaged — and three WRITTEN OFF.

The night shift at the Sunderland plant struck when an extra hour of compulsory overtime was slapped on shifts at short notice.

A source said: “It was done by lads who are sick of the extra overtime they have had to do. We saw all the damaged cars coming down the line.

“The company has been putting short-notice overtime on top of the late shift hours. They just stick it on the end of the shift and you have to work it — there isn’t any choice.”

But Amicus union officer Dave Telford said: “Nissan are within the European Working Hours Directive and such overtime is contractual. There is not a lot you can do about it.”

Sunderland is Britain’s biggest car plant, employing 5,000. It has been the most productive in Europe for the past seven years and currently makes the Almera, Primera and new Note.

Last night a Nissan spokesman confirmed Monday’s incident. He added: “We build more than 1,500 cars a day so for them to get damaged is not unheard of. We are just trying to find out what may have occurred.”