Unite vows to safeguard jobs as Jaguar Land Rover announces global job losses
- Thursday 10 January 2019
UK car workers’ livelihoods are being caught in the crosshairs of the government’s botched handling of Brexit, economic uncertainty and ministers’ demonisation of diesel, Unite said today (Thursday 10 January) as Jaguar Land Rover announced global job cuts amounting to several thousand.
Responding to today’s announcement Unite, the country’s largest manufacturing union, said it would be scrutinising the business case for the global job losses and pressing the car maker to safeguard its members’ jobs.
Commenting Unite national officer Des Quinn said: “Unite will be scrutinising the business case for these global job cuts, and Unite expects that any UK redundancies will be on a voluntary basis amongst affected employees.
“Jaguar Land Rover workers have had to endure a great deal of uncertainty over recent months as they continue to work hard to ensure the carmaker remains a global leader.
“With record levels of new investment and models set to come on stream in its UK factories we look for Jaguar Land Rover to continue to be a global success and the jewel in Britain’s manufacturing crown.
“But the UK government must play its part too. Britain’s car workers have been caught in the crosshairs of the government’s botched handling of Brexit, mounting economic uncertainty and ministers’ demonisation of diesel, which along with the threat of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, is damaging consumer confidence.
“Government ministers need to wake up and start doing more to support UK’s car workers and their colleagues in the supply chain if Jaguar Land Rover’s recent success is to continue.”
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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.