Layoffs at JLR. News outlets in the UK’s Midlands report that JLR is discontinuing the contracts of over 250 employees at the firm’s flagship manufacturing facility in Solihull.
Some of the employees claim that they didn’t see the move coming; they assumed they’d be transferred instead to a different section of the factory. The employees in question were brought on to assist with the production requirements surrounding the launch of the new Discovery model. Now that phase is over, and JLR is moving the overhire staff along.
The layoffs come as JLR moves forward with plans to move relocate production of the Jaguar XE model to its newly expanded Jaguar facility at Castle Bromwich, the former site of the Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory, where Supermarine Spitfires were built during World War II.
The Land Rover facility at Solihull runs 24 hours a day, three shifts each day for five days. In the last five years it has doubled its staffing while tripling its output. There are no indicators that this is a sign of troubles at JLR. The company appears likely to continue the pattern of success and growth.
The redundant workers are all employees of a staffing agency, Manpower.
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