Bentley Cuts Jobs
British carmaker Bentley has announced that it is cutting 220 jobs in Britain, nearly six percent of the workforce, as well as cutting pay for the rest of the staff. The company has 3,800 staff at the factory in Crewe, England. Since last October, it has enacted a series of production restrictions and is planning to suspend production again because of falling demand. As Autoblog mentioned recently the newer Continental line will shut down for a period of seven weeks, while the Arnage production line will go on hiatus for six weeks. Over the course of 2008 sales dropped by roughly 30 percent. The British automakers have, like the U.S. automakers, floundered in recent months. Jaguar and Land Rover announced 450 job cuts worldwide last month and the British government has created a £2.3-billion support package for Britain's automakers.