JAGUAR Land Rover (JLR) has this afternoon confirmed it is cutting 4,500 jobs, as part of £2.5bn plan to reverse losses
JLR, which employs over 40,000 people in the UK had already cut over 1,000 temporary workers at its plant in Solihull last year.
In a town that supplies to many workers to JLR, the effects of this sad news are sure to be felt by many families across the Borough.
It has been reported that the substantial majority of the losses will be coming from its UK workforce and is as a result of the company being hit by poor sales in China and a drop in demand for diesel cars.
The firm has also complained about uncertainty caused by Brexit, below you can see what Liam Fox MP had to say to us last year when we spoke to him about JLR, along with other things.
JLR plans a voluntary redundancy scheme, to help manage the latest round of job cuts, most of which will be in office roles as the company wants to simplify its management structure.
The firm, which is owned by Indian conglomerate Tata, made a £90m pre-tax loss in the three months to September 30, a major reversal from the £385m profit of the previous year.
“We are taking decisive action to help deliver long-term growth, in the face of multiple geopolitical and regulatory disruptions as well as technology challenges facing the automotive industry,” said JLR’s chief executive, Ralf Speth.
JLR, the UK’s biggest vehicle maker, says it will be making further investment in electrification, with electric drive units to be produced at Wolverhampton and a new battery assembly centre to be established at Hams Hall, near Coleshill.
Unite, the country’s largest manufacturing union said it would be pressing the car maker to safeguard its members’ jobs.
“Britain’s car workers have been caught in the crosshairs of the government’s botched handling of Brexit, mounting economic uncertainty and ministers’ demonisation of diesel, which along with the threat of a no deal Brexit, is damaging consumer confidence,” Unite national officer Des Quinn said.
“Government ministers need to wake up and start doing more to support UK’s car workers.”
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