Jaguar Land Rover cuts half of British workforce

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Jaguar Land Rover has laid off half of its workforce in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This means that up to 20,000 workers will be put on leave.

The automaker told BirminghamLive that it “has accepted all of the roles that were not critical during this temporary disruption period.”

Its board of directors and management team will also postpone salaries from May to three months, the firm said.

Production ceased at its Solihull plant on March 23, then at the Castle Bromwich site the next day.

The firm also ceased production at its Halewood plant in Liverpool on March 20, reports Birmingham Live.

JLR also confirmed that “a controlled stop will continue for a few more weeks.”

“At Jaguar Land Rover, the health of our employees is our number one concern,” said a spokesperson.

“We continue to monitor the situation of COVID-19 and follow the directions of all the relevant authorities. “

Some employees accused the firm of having “forced staff to reimburse the time owed to the coronavirus in compulsory overtime”, although 80% of monthly salaries are covered by the government.

“JLR reimburses employees for the time we had due to the coronavirus in compulsory overtime, even if they receive 80% of the salaries covered by the government plan,” said an employee, who asked not to be appointed .

“We employees do not think it is fair because somewhere later we will have to pay it back in taxes anyway, so why should we also be making compulsory overtime?”

“On our pay slips, it already says more than 130 hours that we owe them in return, they booked it as an agreement called hallway hours, which means compulsory overtime. “

But a JLR spokesperson said, “The use of corridor schedules has allowed us to act quickly to manage and administer our job retention program application.

“For those on leave, we are increasing wages to protect 100% of base salary in April.

“We are in talks with the unions and our employees are regularly informed by Jaguar Land Rover and the unions of the current situation. “

JLR added: “Our manufacturing sites are on a controlled shutdown and continue to follow government advice.

“In a context of rapidly changing circumstances, we have decided to extend the controlled shutdown of our factories by a few weeks.

“We are working on an orderly return to production as soon as conditions allow. We operate in accordance with the advice of the NHS & Public Health England to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, while implementing plans to preserve the continuity of our activities. “

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