LAND Rover staff returned to work this week, only to discover that production at the Solihull plant would not restart until
Bosses have confirmed that work will begin in earnest at the start of next week. In the meantime, staff will be undertaking other duties at the Lode Lane factory.
On Monday, David Smith, head of Jaguar Land Rover, would not rule out further cutbacks in response to the economic downturn.
“Given the severity of the economic conditions, both the credit crunch and the collapse in market demand, we have made it clear that further actions are likely,” he said.
In recent weeks, the government has faced renewed pressure to offer a loan to the troubled
Sarah Merrill, from the trade union Unite, said: “The future looked so optimistic for Land Rover when Tata bought it earlier this year that doubts about
its future have hit an unprepared workforce.
“The government should step in and offer some measures to support Land Rover as a major employer in Solihull and, along with it, all the industries that thrive on its business.”
Yesterday Derek Simpson, Unite’s joint leader, visited employees in Solihull and at the Jaguar plant in Castle Bromwich He told the workforce that the union was doing all it could to help the manufacturing industry through the credit crunch.
It’s been a tough few months for the car marque - just before Christmas the group announced that 850 agency staff were to lose their jobs.
There have also been cut backs in production and workers were given an extra week’s holiday over the festive period.
*Pictured are Land Rover workers returning to work after the Christmas break