US decline brings three-day week for Rolls-Royce and Bentley

Production
workers at Rolls-Royce and Bentley have started a three-day week.

About
800 production workers out of 2,500 employees at the plant in Crewe, Cheshire,
will also have an extended Christmas shutdown because of a fall in US sales.

Since
the terrorist attacks, sales to the US which account for almost half the cars
made at the factory, have fallen by more than 60 per cent.

The
workers will remain on a three-day week for the rest of the year and the
factory will shut down earlier than usual before Christmas and remain closed
for extra days in the New Year.

The
workers are being paid their full wages, but it is planned they will work extra
hours next year when a new Bentley model is to be introduced.

By
Ben Willmott

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