Jan 22, 2020

Jaguar Land Rover plans to cut 500 jobs at Merseyside plant

Jaguar Land Rover plans to cut 500 jobs at its Halewood plant in Merseyside as it pushes ahead with a wider restructuring programme aimed at reversing losses. Britain's largest carmaker said on Wednesday it would bring in a new shift pattern at the plant, where it builds its Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport models, that would affect 10 per cent of the site's workforce from April. Des Quinn, national officer at Unite, the UK and Ireland's biggest union, described the job cuts as "a further blow to the UK car industry", adding that "The challenges being faced at JLR are also being experienced by other UK car factories". The job cuts come as the group carries out a wider £2.5bn turnround plan aimed at lowering costs and refocusing the business, following deep losses in China and the decline in demand for diesel cars that account for the vast majority of its UK and European businesses. JLR said a year ago that the plan would involve slashing 4,500 jobs on top of the 1,500 roles it shed in 2018.

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