Jaguar Land Rover 'to cut 5000 jobs' as losses continue

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But sales there have fallen significantly in recent months.

According to Tata Motors, the latest investments and the transformation measures aim to build on unprecedented growth achieved by JLR over the past decade, enabling the company to launch today's range of award-winning Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. Combined with a continued slump in saloon sales - which has seen the dynamically excellent XE and XF particularly hard done by versus their German rivals - this has spelled trouble for the British brand. "It is important that government, employers and unions work together to ensure supply chains are not harmed, and that Brexit does not cost us any more jobs".

"Rolls-Royce belongs to Britain", he said.

"Government ministers need to wake up and start doing more to support UK's vehicle workers".

Business Secretary Greg Clark said the company was offering voluntary redundancy packages to its United Kingdom workforce, adding: "This is a commercial decision for the company but nevertheless it will clearly be a worrying time for Jaguar Land Rover employees and their families".

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Bloomberg reported on the job cuts Thursday. Email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.

The cuts are in response to the challenges of declining sales in China, the dramatic reduction in the diesel market in the United Kingdom and overseas as well as the uncertainty brought about by Brexit.

"This is more concerning news for workers across Jaguar Land Rover today, who have suffered months of uncertainty, not least as a result of the government's Brexit chaos", she said.

"Unite is positively engaging with Ford over its plans as we seek to safeguard jobs and look after the interests of all the company's employees in the UK".




Another massive flashing red light is a collapse in sales in its biggest market - China.

JLR is also one of the most heavily-exposed auto makers to ongoing consumer confusion about the wisdom of buying a diesel vehicle in the aftermath of the VW emissions scandal.

Industry insiders have called the plans a "perfect storm".

Des Quinn, a Unite national officer, said: "Britain's vehicle workers have been caught in the crosshairs of the Government's botched handling of Brexit, mounting economic uncertainty and ministers' demonisation of diesel, which along with the threat of a no-deal Brexit, is damaging consumer confidence".

The company pointed to a downturn in China and lower demand for the diesels which make up most of its products.

The relationship between JLR and its Chinese sales network have also been strained as dealers demand better terms and promotional incentives.

The issues at JLR have arisen as Ford is also looking to cut back on its workforce numbers in Europe.

In China it has hired 4,000 workers since 2014.

JLR also employs around 10,000 people in Solihull - its biggest factory - and around 3,200 at its Jaguar factory in Castle Bromwich, where a three-day week was introduced in the autumn. In the previous year alone, the company's global product portfolio has expanded to include the all-electric Jaguar I- PACE, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport with PHEV derivatives and, most recently, the new Range Rover Evoque, also with next-generation hybrid technology.

The EU has denied that supporting state aid in less developed countries has led to investment being filtered away from the UK.

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