Unite, Britain's biggest union, has welcomed the news today (5 March) that Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will concentrate all production of its new sub two litre engine at its plant in Wolverhampton creating up to 1,400 jobs.
JLR had considered opening two engine plants, one in India and one in the UK. Instead JLR opted for one plant in Wolverhampton, which will mean £500 million of investment instead of the £350 million investment that was originally envisaged.
The extra investment will create an extra 650 jobs bringing the total of new jobs to 1,400.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "Having lobbied JLR and the last Labour government to set up a new engine plant in the West Midlands, we're delighted that this state-of-the-art facility is going to be expanded. This is a fantastic boost for manufacturing. JLR is going to build its own engines and it is going to manufacture them here in Britain.
"This is a massive vote of confidence in the skills of the UK workforce. JLR's investment will generate over 1,000 quality jobs in the West Midlands and is a much-needed shot in the arm for Britain's struggling manufacturing sector.
"Unite will continue to campaign to support UK manufacturing. The skills, expertise and dedication of the British workforce have put JLR back into serious profit and keeps the company on the map as a top luxury car maker. The workers deserve recognition for their contributions and we will continue to press for them to be rewarded with job security in the future."
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Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.