Jaguar Land Rover has just confirmed plans to move around 1,000 workers at its Castle Bromwich plant from a five to a three-day week until Christmas, as part of “temporary adjustments” to their production schedules at the factory.
JLR said in a statement: “As is standard business practice, Jaguar Land Rover regularly reviews its production schedules to ensure market demand is balanced globally.
“In light of the continuing headwinds impacting the car industry, we are making some temporary adjustments to our production schedules at Castle Bromwich. We are however continuing to over-proportionally invest in new products and technologies and are committed to our UK plants in which we have invested more than £4bn since 2010 to future proof manufacturing technologies to deliver new models.”
Meanwhile, Jack Dromey, the Labour MP for Erdington, has blamed “Brexit chaos” and the “mishandling by ministers of the transition from diesel” for the move. He tweeted:
The historic Castle Bromwich @Jaguar plant will now go onto a 3-day week until Xmas, a combination of #Brexit chaos and the mishandling by Ministers of the transition from diesel. #Brexit now threatens the jewel in the crown of #British manufacturing excellence @BBCNews
— Jack Dromey MP (@JackDromeyMP) September 17, 2018