09 Oct Jaguar Land Rover Solihull two-week shutdown On Monday, JLR reported a year-on-year drop of 12.3% (57,114) despite strong sales of the new model
Jaguar Land Rover has revealed that it will cease production for two weeks due to the “fluctuating” global market. The production plant will temporarily close on 22 October.
Plans to shift all production of its Discovery model to Slovakia are also in the pipeline, amid a decreased demand for diesel cars owing to a concern over emissions.
The Unite union stated that although employees’ jobs are not under threat, this situation is “deeply troubling”.
The key questions:
Will there be a delay to customers waiting for their cars?
No. JLR has reassured all customers that their orders will be completed on time.
Will employees be paid?
Yes. Affected employees will still be paid. Whether this is full pay is yet to be confirmed.
What has JLR said?
On Monday, a JLR spokesperson stated: “As part of the company’s continued strategy for profitable growth, Jaguar Land Rover is focused on achieving operational efficiencies and will align supply to reflect fluctuating demand globally as required.
“The decision to introduce a two-week shutdown period later this month at Solihull is one example of actions we are taking to achieve this.
“Customer orders in the system will not be impacted and employees affected will be paid for the duration of the shutdown.”
Many commentators have debated whether this shutdown is: propaganda as a show of force against Brexit, due to a lack of demand or due to the government’s clear opposition to diesel cars. We’ll leave this discussion to you!
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