Nikkei reported Tuesday that the companies plan to lay off 10,000 workers each at US plants. Honda's US operations have remained idle since March 18 with plans to restart production on May 1. Nissan says it will keep its plants offline through "late April."
A Nissan spokesperson told Roadshow, "The company is implementing temporary layoffs to help manage the business where activity is reduced. Affected employees will be eligible tosuch as enhanced unemployment benefits."
Since the start of Honda's work stoppage, the automaker has paid full wages, but according to the Nikkei report, the automaker will cease pay starting this Sunday. Honda didn't directly comment on the layoffs.
Nissan operates plants in Tennessee and Mississippi, while Honda's major US manufacturing facilities are located in Ohio and Alabama, among other states.
Numerous automakers began toas the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, spread across the US, with the ultimate goal of protecting workers and slowing the spread. All the while, new car sales plunged in March as stay-at-home orders in a majority of US states keep potential car buyers out of dealerships. Often, leave dealerships closed, save for service centers.
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