Bosses at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich factory have banned workers from wearing England shirts during the World Cup.
Employees have also been told they will not be allowed to leave work early on Wednesday for the England v Slovenia group game.
The company says that banning England clothing and flags from the factory floor is purely a health and safety issue, while changing shifts for the game would be too “disruptive”. But one worker at the plant, who wished not to be named, said the move was “ridiculous”.
“You can imagine the strength of feeling about this. Nobody is happy. It’s ridiculous Land Rover staff have been told that they will be allowed to finish early, but Jaguar staff have been told that they can’t.
“They have not explained why. It makes no sense because we were allowed to wear England clothes on St George’s Day.”
A spokesperson for Jaguar said: “Health and safety is our primary concern and standard work wear must be worn at all times.
“As far as we are aware workers have not been able to wear England shirts on St George’s Day in the recent past. If they were to be seen wearing one they would be told by a manager to remove it.
“Management also considered a range of options for Wednesday, but because the majority of workers are on double shifts at Castle Bromwich, it would be too disruptive to accommodate an early finish.”
Land Rover staff in Solihull have had a similar memo warning that any workers wearing England shirts will be sent home.
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