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'Hundreds' of jobs to be cut at Jaguar Land Rover's Halewood plant on Merseyside

The union said it understands the redundancies at Halewood, Merseyside, are a result of ongoing economic uncertainty. Credit: PA

Car giant Jaguar Land Rover is cutting jobs at one of its UK plants in a fresh blow to the car industry, according to Unite.

The union said it understands the redundancies at Halewood, Merseyside, are a result of ongoing economic uncertainty, with slower than forecast rate of growth for the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport models produced at the factory.

It is understood that hundreds of jobs are set to be cut.

Workers were told on Wednesday (January 22) that job losses are a result of changing the shift system to deliver flexibility efficiencies that longer term should benefit employees and the company, which is set to come into effect from April. JLR says employees have been kept informed of the need for change as part of long-term planning.

The job losses comprise a mixture of permanent employees and agency staff, said Unite.

The job losses comprise a mixture of permanent employees and agency staff, said Unite. Credit: ITV News

National officer Des Quinn said: "This is 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.

The challenges being faced at JLR are also being experienced by other UK car factories.

The UK's car industry has plummeted from being the jewel in the crown of the UK's manufacturing sector in a few short years, directly as a result of Government inaction.

Until the Government ensures that there is long-term frictionless trade and no tariffs with the European Union, along with meaningful investment in the infrastructure to ensure the success of electric vehicles, the UK's car industry will continue to experience severe challenges."

– Des Quinn, Unite

The Halewood plant builds the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discover Sport.

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 a “two-plus” shift pattern from April 2020. This will deliver significant operating efficiencies at the plant, while enabling us to meet the growing customer demand for our new Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport.

This change in shift pattern affects around 10% of Halewood’s workforce. Jaguar Land Rover Halewood employees have the opportunity to leave through an enhanced voluntary redundancy programme."

– JLR Spokesperson