Britain’s largest union Unite welcomed Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) continued investment in the business, but warned against it being to the detriment of the UK workforce who had worked tirelessly to make the car maker a global success story.
Responding to the news that JLR had signed a letter of intent to build a new plant in Slovakia, Unite called on the company to offer guarantees on job security for its UK workforce.
The call comes as JLR announced it was carrying out a feasibility study for a factory in the western Slovak town of Nitra with the aim of reaching an annual output of up to 300,000 cars over the decade from 2018 when the plant would be due to start production.
A final decision will be made later this year.
Commenting, Des Quinn Unite officer for Jaguar Land Rover said: We have been and will continue to meet with Jaguar Land Rover over the coming days to seek guarantees on job security for the UK workforce.
“The continued investment in the business is welcome and demonstrates that JLR is going from strength to strength, but it should not be to the detriment of the UK workforce who have built the foundations for that global success.
“They made sacrifices and worked tirelessly through the dark days to make JLR the world leader it is today and their skills and craftsmanship are central to the carmaker’s continued success. We trust that JLR recognises this by giving assurances on job security for the future.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.