Thousands of jobs involved in supplying Jaguar Land Rover cars are hanging in the balance in the latest post-Covid-19 blow.
The cuts will fall on all of JLR’s major factories in the North West and the West Midlands including Castle Bromwich, Ellesmere Port, Halewood, Hams Hall, Midpoint, Solihull and Tyrefort, will be affected by the proposed redundancies.
Some 2,200 workers are under threat, according to union Unite.
That reflects as much as 40 per cent of the entire workforce employed by DHL, who are the logistics partners to the Coventry car giant.
It represents the latest in a string of major job cuts announced since the coronavirus lockdown, with Birmingham Airport, River Island and CoventryLive publisher Reach PLC among those to admit roles would be cut.
DHL has not given a firm date about when the redundancy process will finish, but suggests 1,100 job losses come amid the decline in car production, the union has claimed.
While the second half of the cuts are the result of anticipated ‘efficiency savings’.
Unite, which represents JLR employees, says it will try to ensure the number of job losses are kept to an « absolute minimum ».
Unite national officer for logistics Matt Draper said: “This is a massive, bitter blow for a dedicated workforce – and on the eve of the chancellor’s speech underscores the urgency of need for jobs-saving action from the government.
« Again, while governments in Spain, France and Germany are acting swiftly to secure a future for their car manufacturers, we see no such ambition from the UK government and as a result jobs are going.
“Unite has not yet received any details of how DHL intends to make 50 per cent of the proposed redundancies through efficiency savings but we are making abundantly clear to DHL that they will not be able to force these workers to undertake impossible workloads as they show other workers the door.
“While DHL is the employer, the reality is that the workers perform their roles for JLR. JLR has a moral duty to ensure that workers are treated fairly and decently during this incredibly difficult and stressful time.
“DHL must not attempt to make permanent full-time staff redundant while continuing to outsource work to sub-contractors. »
A spokeswoman for Jaguar Land Rover told BusinessLive: « DHL informed us that they were going into consultation with some of their workforce last month.
Through its ongoing transformation programme and against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, Jaguar Land Rover is taking action to optimise performance and achieve further operational efficiencies to enable sustainable growth and safeguard the long-term success of our business.”