Staff at Sudbury’s largest employer will be spending more time at home this Christmas after work shortages at Delphi Diesel Systems meant the factory had to agree to extra holiday for workers.
Despite the extra break the company and unions chiefs have said they are not concerned about the future of the plant.
“There’s been shortages for a little while now while it is going through redundancy packages,” said Jack Owen, branch chairman for union Unite.
“They are struggling for work. Staff have been given an extra three days holiday.
“They have agreed to pay half each, the company’s paying one and a half days, the others being found next year.”
Mr Owen believed the company did have “some things in the pipeline” despite the work shortages.
“It does go through peaks and troughs,” he said. “It’s always done that. Sometimes the troughs are bigger than the peaks. Hopefully it will pick up after Christmas.
“Of course the market isn’t as good as it was.
“To be honest it’s been through these stages before. The only thing is usually before they don’t usually give away things unless they have got something to replace it.”
Mr Owen was speaking about the move to hi-tech manufacturing at the plant, with other work now carried out in Romania.
Mr Owen added: “We have faced it before, I’ve got family in there so I’m not pessimistic.”
The company also played down concern over its future. A spokesman for Delphi said: “December is always a quiet time in the automotive industry so it is no surprise we are able to agree three additional days of Christmas holiday.
“This has been agreed following consultation with the employees.”