Two out of five of the total workforce employed by DHL on the JLR logistics contract are laid off, among full-time, salaried and temporary staff on the contract, the union said.
The proposed reductions will affect all major JLR factories in the West Midlands and the Northwest, said Unite.
The news came on the eve of the chancellor’s speech to the country which was to map the country’s recovery after the Covid-19 crisis.
These proposed layoffs represent just under 40% of all DHL contract staff.
DHL has not given a specific date for the termination of the layoff process, but suggests that 1,100 layoffs are taking place against the backdrop of declining auto production, the union said.
While the second half of the reductions is the result of the anticipated “efficiency savings”.
Unite, which represents JLR employees, says it will work to ensure that the number of job losses is kept to an “absolute minimum”.
Matt Draper, National Logistics Officer, said: “It is a bitter and bitter blow to a dedicated workforce – and on the eve of the Chancellor’s speech, it is urgent that the government take action to save jobs.
“Again, as the governments of Spain, France and Germany act quickly to secure a future for their automakers, we don’t see such ambition on the part of the British government and, therefore, jobs are in class.
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“Unite has not yet received details of how DHL plans to make 50% of the proposed layoffs through efficiency savings, but we are making it clear to DHL that they will not be able to force these workers to take on impossible workloads as they show other workers at the door.
“Although DHL is the employer, the reality is that workers are performing their duties for JLR. JLR has a moral duty to ensure that workers are treated fairly and decently during this incredibly difficult and stressful time.
“DHL should not attempt to fire permanent full-time staff while continuing to contract out work to subcontractors. ”
A Jaguar Land Rover spokesperson told BusinessLive, “DHL has informed us that they will be starting consultations with some of their employees last month.
As part of its ongoing transformation program and in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, Jaguar Land Rover is taking steps to optimize performance and increase operational efficiency to enable sustainable growth and ensure success at long term of our business. ”
DHL has been contacted for comments.