Internal restructuring
Este; Cataluña; Barcelona
Location of affected unit(s)
Barcelona Zona Franca and Montcada i Rexach
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.1 - Manufacture of motor vehicles

226 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 October 2008
Employment effect (start)
3 November 2008
Foreseen end date
2 February 2009


In 2008, the Japanese car maker Nissan announced the reduction of 1,680 jobs at its plants in Montcada and Barcelona due to the sharp drop in car sales and the global economic slowdown. After protests, the company agreed to implement reduced working hours and temporary closures in place of the redundancies while negotiating with unions. While the company still insists that it has over 1,400 surplus workers, only 226 have opted for voluntary redundancy to date. Early retirement options are also being explored.

Additional information on negotiations between the management and unions and further workforce cuts in the car industry is available on the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO).



Eurofound (2008), Nissan, Internal restructuring in Spain, factsheet number 67289, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67289.