Britain and Ireland’s largest union, Unite said it would be pressing Jaguar Land Rover to safeguard as many jobs as possible after the car maker confirmed planned changes to its production schedule at its Solihull plant today (Thursday 29 November).

The production changes are a result of fluctuating demand due to difficult market conditions, political uncertainty and the UK government’s confusion over diesel. It comes ahead of planned infrastructure work at Solihull which will enable the development and production of the next generation Range Rover at the plant following the cessation of Discovery production announced earlier in the year.

Commenting Unite national officer Des Quinn said: “Unite’s priority during this planned transition in production and changes to shifts is to safeguard as many jobs as possible.

“In the long-term the move of Discovery production to Slovakia will bring on stream new models at Solihull and secure the future of the plant for years to come. This investment in new models is a long-term commitment that recognises the skills of a workforce that has worked hard to make Jaguar Land Rover a global success story.

“In the short-term however, Jaguar Land Rover workers and many in the supply chain will have questions about what the transition to the new production and shift changes means for their jobs. Unite will be giving our members maximum support through this time.

“Unite will continue to work with Jaguar Land Rover and companies in the supply chain to ensure that the transition in production is as painless as possible and that measures to mitigate against job losses are in place to ensure jobs and skills are retained for the future.”

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For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.