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Land Rover Christmas shutdown extended

WORKERS at Land Rover in Solihull are being given an extra week off in a further production cutback.

WORKERS at Land Rover in Solihull are being given an extra week off in a further production cutback.

The Lode Lane plant will now be closed for nearly three weeks over the Christmas and New Year period, with employees not returning to work until January 13.

The move comes amid the biggest slowdown in vehicle sales for years and is designed to avoid potential stockpiling.

Land Rover spokesman Mark Foster said: "Car market conditions remain severe. We have to take responsible and rapid action to ensure our production plans are aligned to the challenge we face and avoid the build-up of inventory.

"We are clearly not alone in this. The entire car industry has made it clear there is an urgent need for the Government to take further steps to stimulate consumer demand as well as provide credit support for both manufacturers and suppliers as we negotiate this downturn."

The market for luxury cars has fallen 25 per cent around the world and sales of Land Rovers were down by more than half in October compared with same month in 2007.

The night shift at Land Rover has been axed and there was an extended break in production in October.

Meanwhile, a total of 300 Jaguar Land Rover production workers - the majority from the Lode Lane factory and some from the Jaguar plant at Castle Bromwich - have already taken advantage of a scheme offering leave of up to three months in return for temporary 20 per cent pay cuts.

About 200 have gone already and a further 100 will finish before Christmas.

 

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