Jaguar Land Rover to axe hundreds of jobs at Halewood plant
Hundreds of jobs will go at Jaguar Land Rover as part of a change to the employees' shift patterns, the company has announced.
The Merseyside car manufacturer employs 4,000 people and 500 agency staff at its site at Halewood, the Echo reports.
The move from a three-shift to two-shift pattern will affect 10 per cent of its workforce.
The car maker said it is offering an "enhanced voluntary redundancy programmed" to bring about "significant operating efficiencies".
A spokeswoman said: "Through its ongoing transformation programme, Jaguar Land Rover is taking action to optimise performance, enable sustainable growth and safeguard the long-term success of our business.
"Central to the Halewood manufacturing strategy, we are moving from a three shift to two-plus shift pattern from April 2020."
The change will deliver significant operating efficiencies, she added, while enabling the company to meet the growing customer demand for its new Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport vehicles.
The company pointed out that the announcement was not as a result of Brexit as the negotiations towards the move have been ongoing for months.
The union Unite said the redundancies are a result of "ongoing macro-economic uncertainty" with slower than forecast growth of the new models produced at Halewood.
Des Quinn, national officer for Unite, described it as "a further blow to the UK car industry in general, and to our members at Halewood in particular.
"Unite will be ensuring that the commitment to limit job losses to voluntary redundancies is fully honoured."
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