Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, has described the announcement that there will further job losses at JLR’s Halewood plant in Merseyside as a ‘fresh blow to the car industry’.

Changing shifts

Unite understands the job losses are a result of moving from a three shift system to a two plus shift system that will deliver flexibility efficiencies that longer term should benefit both employees and the company, which is set to come into effect from this April.

The job losses comprise a mixture of permanent employees and agency staff and accounts for over 10 per cent of the plant’s workforce. Unite has negotiated that the loss of the permanent employees will be through an enhanced voluntary redundancy scheme.

Blow to UK car industry

Unite 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.”

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235. Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

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