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Jaguar Land Rover set to axe 1,100 jobs

by LLB Reporter
16th Jun 20 10:39 am

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) have announced they are to temporary cut on the factory floor, and they will also reduce the number of agency staff.

It is understood that up to 1,100 positions could be on the line as JLR try to deal with the fallout over the pandemic.

JLR said in a statement, “Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company has taken the difficult decision to reduce the number of contract-agency employees in its manufacturing plants over the coming months.”

Union Unite’s national officer Des Quinn said, “This is a painful blow for a loyal workforce.

“Given the unprecedented drop in demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic it was all but inevitable that job losses would be announced.

“It is another devastating blow for our auto sector and the communities that rely on them for jobs.

“We urge the government to get on with delivering the urgently needed sector support package, as other countries such as France and Germany have done, so that we can stem the tide of redundancies.”

The car maker posted an overall pre-tax loss of £422m in the full year on revenues of £23bn. Worldwide sales plummeted by 62.5% during April to 14,709 cars and May fell by 23.3%

Chief executive Sir Ralf Speth said, In such uncertain times, I remain convinced that Jaguar Land Rover’s focus on its people, its innovative products and its Destination Zero mission will remain the key to navigating out of this global crisis effectively.

“In China, we are beginning to see recovery in vehicle sales and customers are returning to our showrooms.

“Our operational fitness gives me confidence that we can weather this storm.”

He added, “Jaguar Land Rover’s early action to transform its business meant that as a company we were on track to meet our full-year expectations and operational and financial targets before the pandemic hit in the fourth quarter.

“We also reacted quickly to the disruption caused by Covid-19.

“Our immediate priority has been the health and wellbeing of our people – and this remains the case as we have now begun the gradual, safe restart of our operations.”

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