Burnley firm drops to three-day week

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THE devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan has indirectly led to workers at a Burnley car parts factory being given a three-day week.

Workers at Futaba-Tenneco, who produce parts for Japanese car giant Toyota, will only work on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays because of a shortage of parts in Japan which is still recovering from the terrible earthquake and tsunami that nearly crippled the Asian country.

Toyota, Futaba’s biggest customer, put its British plants on shorter weeks following the shortage of supplies, prompting Futaba to follow suit. The three-day week is expected to last at least a month, with bosses unable to predict what will happen after that.

But Futaba workers, based in Liverpool Road, will be paid in full despite the shorter weeks.

Kevin Schofield, deputy managing director of the site, this week said: “People still want to buy cars but there is a shortage of parts from Japan because of the earthquake and tsunami.”

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle visited the Burnley site recently to help celebrate the signing of a new deal with Toyota to manufacture pressed and welded components, effectively giving the plant an almost full order book for the next few years.