JLR production line

80 job losses at Birmingham auto supplier ‘a bitter blow’, says Unite

The loss of 80 jobs at automotive components supplier Auria Solutions in Coleshill, Birmingham is ‘another blow’ to the UK’s car industry, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Thursday 31 January).

Unite regional officer Jason Richards said: “Auria Solutions supplies upmarket flooring and upholstery to Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the job losses are linked to the situation at JLR.

“The challenges facing JLR and other car manufacturers are well-documented – the slowdown in the Chinese market; the issues relating to the change from diesel to electric cars; and the growing uncertainty generated by Brexit.

“This is obviously a bitter blow to the workers and their families, as well as the West Midlands economy. Unite will be giving maximum support to our members in the challenging days and weeks ahead.

“Lurking in the background is the failure of the Tory government to create a coherent industrial strategy for the UK manufacturing sector generally and the automotive industry in particular.

“This failure has definitely not helped during these difficult times for the car industry, which remains the shining jewel in the crown of UK manufacturing.”   

Unite has 200 members out of a workforce of 320 at the Coleshill plant.

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

 

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