Although this has not been confirmed by JLR, a number of workers have claimed that up to 22 employees have recently tested positive for the virus.
There have been a number of coronavirus outbreaks at the Liverpool plant since the start of the pandemic and, as cases continue to rise sharply in Liverpool, employees told ECHO that dozens of people are ‘currently self-isolate.
Workers at the Halewood factory have claimed they were told to download a Jaguar Land Rover contact tracing app, as opposed to the NHS one, and are encouraged to test for the virus on site.
JLR said the health and well-being of employees is one of their “primary concerns” and that it has seen an increase in positive cases since the Christmas season.
An employee told ECHO: “The scariest thing is that with the number of people working there, this could be one of the root causes or an epicenter of the reasons why cases have rapidly escalated in our city. .
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“There is an extremely high number of positive cases originating from Jaguar Land Rover at the moment. ”
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Another worker, who asked to remain anonymous, claimed that up to 65 people had been sent home for self-isolation so far.
A spokesperson for Jaguar confirmed that workers use a JLR app and have the option to do on-site testing to avoid unnecessary self-isolation.
Once an employee is identified as a contact of someone who tested positive, they will take Covid-19 rapid tests for seven days.
If they receive a negative result, they will continue to work, he said.
The employee must agree to participate in the program and rapid tests, which are being piloted, JLR said, and other “big employers” are doing the same.
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The spokesperson said: “At Jaguar Land Rover, the health and well-being of our employees is our primary concern.
“We have seen an increase in positive cases and self-isolations among our employees, reflecting the overall increase in the community since the Christmas period.
“We are working closely with Public Health England and as part of our continued commitment to keep our teams safe, Jaguar Land Rover is participating in the NHS Test and Trace Serial Contact Test Pilot and has launched rapid Covid testing -19 in our Halewood plant. . ”
Unite’s national head for the auto industries, Des Quinn, said: “The government has exempted certain sectors from lockdown restrictions, one of which is manufacturing.
‘The current advice is that when an individual’s role cannot be fulfilled from their home, they must continue to come to work, allowing businesses to continue to make a strong contribution to the UK economy at this time. difficult.
“Unite the union continues to work with these employers to ensure their establishments comply with best practices in Covid-19 and improve the minimum standards required to prevent the spread of infection.
“If a person has concerns, they should speak to their employer and union representative.”