The layoffs will affect full-time and agency staff involved in shipping parts to, from, and factories in the northwest and Midlands. Jobs will go to JLR’s main factories at all, including Castle Bromwich, Solihull, Ellesmere Port and Halewood.
The news comes just weeks after JLR, Tata’s largest British auto company, has announced that it will cut 1,100 agency jobs after losing £ 500 million in three months as the pandemic ended. production and closed car showrooms.
Last month, industry body SMMT warned that up to one in six jobs in the UK is at risk without a dedicated government support program.
DHL said: “In light of the very difficult business conditions in the global automotive sector and the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to restructure our line-breaking and freight operations support for the Jaguar Land Rover contract.
“We are now in consultation with our employees and their representatives and will make every effort to redeploy as many colleagues as possible in our other operations nationwide.”
The Unite union has said it will fight to minimize job losses. According to the union, DHL has said that about half of the layoffs would be “efficiency gains” rather than caused by the decline in auto production.
Unite National Logistics Officer Matt Draper said, “It is a bitter and bitter blow for dedicated staff – and on the eve of the Chancellor’s speech [on more emergency measures to reduce the economic impact of the pandemic] stresses the urgency of the need for government job-saving action.
“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 going to disappear. ”
Draper said the union was awaiting details of the proposed efficiency savings, but cautioned that DHL should not “force staff to take on impossible workloads because it shows the door to other workers.” He called on JLR to intervene.
He added, “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. ”
A JLR spokesperson said, “DHL informed us that they were starting consultations with some of their employees last month.
“Through its ongoing transformation program and in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, Jaguar Land Rover is taking steps to optimize performance and achieve new operational efficiencies to enable sustainable growth and ensure long-term success term of our business. ”
JLR had already faced major problems in the years leading up to the pandemic, including declining sales in China in 2018-2019 and declining demand in the UK through what it described as “winds opposites ”of Brexit and consumers avoiding new diesel vehicles.
The latest job losses in auto manufacturing in the UK follow cuts at Aston Martin, Bentley and Nissan since the start of the pandemic.