Luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover will “freeze production” at its Solihull plant for two weeks from October 22, the Unite union has today announced.
However, ‘no jobs are affected by the two-week shutdown and workers will continue to be paid by banking hours,’ the Union added in a statement.
The UK’s biggest carmaker later clarified that “as part of the company’s continued strategy for profitable growth, Jaguar Land Rover is focused on achieving operational efficiencies and will align supply to reflect fluctuating demand globally as required. The decision to introduce a two-week shutdown period later this month at Solihull is one example of actions we are taking to achieve this. Customer orders in the system will not be impacted and employees affected will be paid for the duration of the shutdown.”
Jaguar has been facing falling diesel sales in recent months. The development also comes just weeks after staff at JLR’s Castle Bromwich plant was told that they are moving to a three-day week.