CAR giant Toyota has confirmed that more than 1,000 employees have applied for voluntary redundancy following the firm’s decision to axe 750 jobs from its Burnaston plant.
he company confirmed the figure just two weeks after it revealed that it was making 850 job cuts in total with 100 at its Deeside plant near Chester – all of which are expected to be voluntary.
A spokesman for Toyota said: “We can confirm that more than 1,000 people have already applied for voluntary redundancy.
“This figure is obviously already in excess of the 850 that we set out to achieve when we confirmed plans earlier this month.
“Staff are currently in the process of assessing each application on a case by case basis.” Employees still have until August 17 to register an interest in the voluntary redundancy scheme.
The deal staff have been offered includes a year’s salary.
Those who have worked for the company for five years or more are also entitled to one week’s pay for every year they have been with the firm.
The scheme was put into place by Toyota after it revealed it did not have enough work from August onwards for its 3,500 employees.
One employee, who asked not to be named, said: “People cannot believe the number of workers who have already come forward with regards to the scheme.
“The package on offer is incredible and some of the boys who have only been here for a couple of years are set to get a good chunk of cash if they decide to go.
“The age old problem is that it is okay taking the cash, but if you don’t get a new job, you will just end up frittering away the money.
“With still more than three weeks left, feeling among the workers is that a lot more may be signing up for the scheme.”