Nissan looking into reducing staff in Barcelona plant
Union sources say up to 500 jobs could go through early retirements, with firm due to make a statement on Tuesday
Automobile manufacturer Nissan is considering a reduction of its staff in Barcelona that could affect between 400 and 500 people.
The potential staff reduction comes after the company lowered production in its Barcelona plant, union sources confirmed to the Catalan News Agency (ACN).
Union representatives say the company informed them of the "need to reduce staff levels," although the job losses would be "non-traumatic."
The unions believe this means the firm will encourage workers to accept early retirement, although they stress that no negotiations on conditions have yet taken place.
Nissan has not confirmed the reported staff reduction, but has called a news conference for Tuesday in its plant in Barcelona's Zona Franca industrial estate.