THERE was more bad news for Jaguar Land Rover this week, with the firm axing 450 jobs across the group.
Redundancies will be spread across facilities in the West Midlands and Merseyside. The cuts, announced on Wednesday, are the latest blow for the firm which has its Land Rover headquarters in Lode Lane, Solihull.
Three hundred management positions will be lost, with the rest hitting agency workers. The announcement followed the news that production at Land Rover’s Solihull plant would not resume until January 19.
Bosses have said that the latest cuts are a direct response to the economic downturn. JLR said managers would not receive bonuses this year and that any management pay increases have been put back to October at the earliest.
Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden, said: “Jaguar Land Rover is a vital employer and we hope that those who have lost their jobs will be successful in finding new work soon.”
She said it was imperative that the Government made money available for large employers, as well as smaller businesses.
Solihull’s MP Lorely Burt voice fears over the number of redundancies: “Jobs are being lost in almost every sector, from low-paid unskilled work, to hi-tech jobs,” she said.
Sarah Merrill, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate, described JLR’s latest job cull as “gut wrenching”. She too is calling on the Government to loan money to the Tata-owned company.