Huge Jaguar Land Rover jobs explode as DHL ax hundreds

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One of Jaguar Land Rover’s biggest partners has dealt a blow to the local job market with more than 1,000 jobs cut,The Coventry auto giant has suffered from a drop in global demand in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

And DHL Supply Chain has cut more than 800 employees on its contract with JLR locally.

The roles take place in Solihull, Coleshill, Castle Bromwich and Erdington.

It also followed a collective consultation which revealed that a total of 1,248 positions, including agencies and full-time staff, would be cut across the country. This means that almost 70% of job losses are believed to come from Birmingham and the Midlands.

A former DHL employee Solihull, who asked not to be named, told BirminghamLive: “I have been sacked and it is a shocking situation. I know 100% of all agency workers are gone and some full time so far.

“Fortunately, I know a few people and have started a new job near me. “

BirminghamLive has asked DHL for comment, but they declined to comment on specific numbers. DHL had previously said it would “do everything possible to redeploy as many colleagues as possible to our other operations nationwide.”

DHL Supply Chain cited “very difficult business conditions in the global automotive sector and the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus pandemic” meant that the “difficult decision to restructure in-line supply and freight operations had to be taken. supporting the Jaguar Land Rover contract ”.

“This is in line with future volume forecasts and is part of the optimization and efficiency initiatives that have been carried out by both organizations in recent months,” said a spokesperson.

The workers said they had previously felt like they were left in limbo when they found out the fate of their work.

While employees of the DHL agency Jaguar Land Rover contracted at the Hams Hall distribution yard were told that their holiday pay ended on July 31.

Another DHL employee also accused DHL of summoning staff and telling them verbally or via email that they had been overpaid – but when workers asked for a breakdown of overpayments, DHL reportedly refused. to cooperate.

They say the reason they asked for a breakdown is due to their salary consists of the base salary bonus, attendance allowance, vacation pay and leave reference allowance.

“Everyone is already stressed out about the layoffs and now the company they work for is suing them for money supposedly owed without any explanation or cooperation from DHL,” one employee said.

Responding to this claim, a DHL spokesperson said: “We are aware that some of our colleagues have received incorrect payments in recent weeks, due to the complexity of calculating holiday pay.

“We are working hard to resolve the issue and are happy to have 1-1 discussions with any colleagues who ask them to go over the details. In the meantime, we apologize for any distress or inconvenience this may have caused. “

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