Jaguar Land Rover factory staff to move to three-day week
Workers at JLR’s Castle Bromwich factory will operate a three-day week schedule until Christmas as Brexit uncertainty continues
The West Midlands factory, which produces the Jaguar XE, XF and XJ saloons alongside the F-Type sports car, will reduce output until the Christmas period. The fall in production can be attributed to a decline in sales of Jaguar’s four-door models, owing to ongoing Brexit uncertainty and the slump in demand for diesel vehicles.
Moving to a three-day week will reduce the likelihood of further job losses, after it was announced in April that 1000 agency staff would not have their contracts renewed at JLR’s Solihull plant. The car maker employs 40,000 people across the UK, with many more jobs linked through suppliers.
Last week, JLR CEO Ralf Speth condemned the lack of certainty in the market, saying that “tens of thousands” of jobs could go at the firm if the right Brexit deal is not secured. Earlier this year, the company announced reduced production at its plant in Halewood, Merseyside, where models such as the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport are built.
A Jaguar spokesperson issued a statement saying that the reviewing of production schedules is “standard business practice” to ensure balanced market demand.
“In light of the continuing headwinds impacting the car industry, we are making some temporary adjustments to our production schedules at Castle Bromwich,” said the spokesperson. “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 £4 billion since 2010 to future-proof manufacturing technologies to deliver new models.”
Source: Autocar Online