Nissan workforce awarded freedom of Sunderland 0

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Nissan’s entire workforce at its plant in Sunderland is to receive the freedom of the city. A selection of employees of the car maker will represent the 7,000 workers when they receive the honour at an extraordinary meeting of Sunderland City Council.

The award comes after Nissan announced it would increase its production by 20% and double the amount of parts it sourced from domestic UK companies; welcome news in the wake of Brexit and the possible implications it could cause.

A report issued to accompany the 6pm meeting states: “The council do confer the Honorary Freedom of the city upon the Employees of Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd as a token of the esteem in which they are held by the citizens of Sunderland and in recognition of their continued dedication to ensuring the success of the car plant and their positive contribution to the economic wellbeing of the city and people of Sunderland.”

Washington and Sunderland West MP, Sharon Hodgson said: “This is fantastic news for Sunderland and I am thrilled to see Nissan investing again in our area. “This welcome news is down to the hard work and dedication of the employees and management of the Nissan plant, along with its crucial supply chain.

“This is something I have called on the Government to do through investing to boost production of UK-sourced materials for Nissan cars to meet WTO rules of origin, and it is welcome that Nissan will go ahead with this investment themselves to ensure the future of the plant and their employees. “It is important the Government supports this move too. “Families across Sunderland and the wider North East will be just as delighted as I am with this news and will be celebrating the continued partnership between the people of our area and Nissan. “Long may it continue.” The bill to give Nissan the Freedom of the City was agreed unanimously last November.

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