Jaguar Land Rover: 4500 jobs to go in shake-up

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Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Ralf Speth said he had serious concerns about the impact of a hard Brexit but it was not possible to predict what steps might be required if that happens.

"Unite will continue to press the vehicle maker for assurances over the jobs and skills of our members who have worked tirelessly over the past decade to make the company the global success story it is today".

Sales at the SUV-heavy unit, more than double the size of the sports-car business, declined by 6.9 per cent a year ago.

JLR also employs around 10,000 people in Solihull - its biggest factory - and around 3,200 at its Jaguar factory in Castle Bromwich, where a three-day week was introduced in the autumn.

JLR is to cut up to 5,000 administrative, marketing and management roles as it attempts to find £2.5 billion in savings to turn its fortunes around.

Owned by India's Tata Motors, JLR also said it will build electric drive units at its Wolverhampton engine plant and create a new battery assembly centre in Hams Hall, near Birmingham, as it develops a greener vehicle range.

Armstrong said that there "will be thousands" of job losses at Ford, which now employs 53,000 people in Europe, including its two United Kingdom engine plants at Bridgend and Dagenham. Will you be affected by the job cuts?

In China, demand has been adversely impacted by consumer uncertainty following import duty changes and escalating trade tensions with the US. "We have great belief in the potential of JLR's distinctive premium products and brands as well as in JLR's design and engineering capabilities", Tata Motors Chairman, N. Chandrasekaran said in late December.

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Steven Armstrong, Ford's European group vice president, said the company was taking "decisive action" to transform its European business.

The Jaguar Land Rover workforce is to be cut by 6,000, or 15 per cent, with a decision to axe a further 4,500 jobs this year.

The British company, which employs 44,000 in the United Kingdom and cut 1,000 temporary contract workers at its plant in Solihull past year, has been hit by poor sales in China and a drop in demand for diesel cars.

A Ford spokesman said the auto maker now assumes that any Brexit deal would keep tariff-free trade between Britain and Europe.

Ford's Armstrong said pressure to build electric and hybrid cars had forced the vehicle maker to make choices about where to allocate its capital.

JLR's sales have also been hurt by consumer confusion and a shift away from diesel-powered cars in Europe following the VW emission cheating scandal.

"Government ministers need to wake up and start doing more to support UK's auto workers and their colleagues in the supply chain if Jaguar Land Rover's recent success is to continue".

"With record levels of new investment and models set to come on stream in its United Kingdom factories we look for Jaguar Land Rover to continue to be a global success and the jewel in Britain's manufacturing crown".

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