- Title: Nissan workers stage costume protest over Spanish job cuts
- Date: 15th July 2020
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (JULY 15, 2020) (REUTERS) NISSAN WORKERS WEARING COSTUMES OF TV SERIES 'LA CASA DE PAPEL' (MONEY HEIST) SHOUTING (Spanish) "Nissan does not close" PROTESTERS WEARING MASKS SHOUTING (Spanish) "Nissan does not close" PROTESTERS WITH COSTUMES HOLDING SIGNS AND CHANTING SLOGANS VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS WITH COSTUMES DANCING AND CHANTING ANTI-FASCIST ANTHEM 'BELLA CIAO' PROTESTERS LIFTING BICYCLE AS THEY DANCE PROTESTER WEARING COSTUME OF TV SERIES 'LA CASA DE PAPEL' (MONEY HEIST) LIFTING ARM (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER EDUARDO BERNABE SAYING: "Whatever it takes to have our job positions back. Today they are in danger and we want to recover them because they are ours. We have earned them for 30 years. It is our job." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER JUAN CARLOS PEREZ, NISSAN WORKER FOR 30 YEARS, SAYING: "The labour law we have now is an attack on the rights of the worker. Mainly article 51, which gives the company the total control to fire people when they want. Mr. Sanchez this needs to be changed, you promised it." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER MIRIAM SAYING: "Article 51 must be reframed. Pedro Sanchez promised to change it and he's not doing it. Lots of promises but then nothing happens. We come here to demand that change." PROTESTERS HOLDING SIGNS AND CHANTING (Spanish) "Pedro Sanchez, Liar" SIGN READING (Spanish) "Boycott Nissan" SIGN READING (Spanish) "Article 51. Nissan does not close" PROTEST SIGN BEING BURNED DURING PROTEST PROTESTER WITH MASK TIED TO BAG VARIOUS OF EURO NOTES ON THE GROUND AS PART OF PROTEST PROTESTERS IN FRONT OF SPANISH PARLIAMENT
- Embargoed: 29th July 2020 13:28
- Keywords: Japanese firm Nissan Nissan workers protest in Madrid Spanish parliament closure of plants in Barcelona
- Location: MADRID, SPAIN
- City: MADRID, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001CMX811J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of Nissan workers wearing costumes and masks staged a protest on Wednesday (July 15) in front of Spanish parliament to protest against the closure of plants of the Japanese firm in Spain.
Dressed up as characters from TV series "La Casa de Papel (Money Heist)" and singing the anti-fascist anthem of 'Bella Ciao', protesters demanded the government of PM Pedro Sanchez take action to change the law in order to protect jobs.
The Japanese carmaker announced in May they would shut a plant in Barcelona and several nearby facilities from December as part of a global restructuring plan to slash costs.
The Barcelona operation employs 3,000 workers and the closures could indirectly affect up to 25,000 jobs, unions say. The car industry accounts for about 10% of Spain's gross domestic product, according to producers association ANFAC.
Nissan said it would slash its production capacity by a fifth to help reduce its fixed costs by 300 billion yen ($2.8 billion) as it looks to become smaller and more cost-efficient after posting its first loss in 11 years.
The decision is a blow for Spain at a time when unemployment is spiking and a steep recession is looming because of the coronavirus crisis.
(Production: Guillermo Martinez, Miguel Gutierrez)
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