200 are axed as Bentley sales plunge
LUXURY car maker Bentley is to axe up to 200 of its workers because of falling sales, it was revealed yesterday.
In the latest example of impending recession, the company has invited staff at its base in Crewe, Cheshire, to apply for voluntary redundancy.
Bentley spokesman Mike Hawes said: “We have seen global markets continue to decline. All the turmoil in the markets has had an impact on consumers.”
Thousands of Bentley workers have also been told to take five weeks off at Christmas.
They will be paid during the shutdown, but if the market recovers they will be required to make up for time off by working the equivalent period without pay.
The latest announcement comes soon after some production line staff were shifted to a three-day week.
The company, with a payroll of 3,800, is trying to reduce its 400 contractors by re-training staff to do their work.
Bosses said they had received a “positive response” to the voluntary redundancy scheme.
The announcement stunned local politicians. Crewe and Nantwich councillor Ray Stafford said: “When something like this affects a company like Bentley, you have to be concerned.”
Councillor David Brickhill added: “The company is bearing the brunt of failings by the people governing us.”