Toyota warns of UK jobs 'surplus'

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Car giant Toyota today warned unions it had a "headcount surplus" of 750 at its main UK factory, raising fears of major job losses.

The Japanese company said 2009 had been a "tough year" and it had already announced operational cutbacks at its plant at Burnaston near Derby later this year.

The company said in a brief statement that it had discussed with unions how to manage the surplus to make sure it had a "sustainable business" for the long term.

Union officials said they would be seeking urgent talks with the company to make sure any job losses were voluntary.

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