Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry cab maker LTI may shut over Christmas

A Coventry-based manufacturer of London black cabs says it may shut down its factory over Christmas to save money.

LTI said it was proposing to shut the Holyhead Road plant for 11-and-a-half days.

Its parent company Manganese Bronze said last month an accounting mistake meant losses dating back several years had been understated by £3.9m.

LTI said it had negotiated a deal with unions to ensure staff would still get paid during the shutdown.

The Unite union, which represents the staff, said many were angry that they had not received a pay rise for four years.

However, it urged them to vote in favour of the company's proposals in a ballot next week.

In a statement, LTI said it "recognises the commitment and dedication of all its employees over a number of difficult years".

It added that while it had had to "reduce production volumes during the year", it was "committed to maintaining full pay and salaries for the remainder of the year".

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