Monday, February 16, 2009
It’s A Mini Mis-Adventure
** One word, harsh. ** The economic crisis had not escaped the attention of workers at BMW's Mini factory in Cowley, Oxford; they knew times were tough and their jobs were under threat. But what they did not expect as they turned up as usual for work on Monday was to be sacked with just an hour's notice. Several of the 850 who lost their jobs have told the BBC of their anger, confusion and despair. Silvia Fernandes worked at the plant for four years; she says she feels betrayed by the suddenness of the news. She told the BBC: "In this meeting they told us we'd all been sacked because of the credit crunch. But actually we already knew some of us would have to go, that was a fact of course because of the crisis - but what we never expected from BMW was knowing one hour before [our shift].