Unite, Britain's biggest union, has demanded an urgent meeting with senior Tata executives to seek assurances over the future of Jaguar Land Rover's five UK plants.
The call follows the announcement on 11 December 2012 that Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover's chief executive officer, formally signed a letter of intent paving the way for an automotive partnership in Saudi Arabia. The letter of intent follows recent manufacturing plans to expand JLR in other countries including China.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "I have personally asked for an urgent meeting with Tata's chairman and vice-chairman where I expect assurances over the future of Jaguar Land Rover's UK plants.
"Three years ago Unite was delighted to back Tata's acquisition of Jaguar Land Rover against fierce opposition. At that time we received assurances that the quintessentially British branded products would always be designed, manufactured and built in Britain. We also received guarantees that the future of Halewood, Castle Bromwich, Solihull and the two design studios would be secure for the long term.
"In the light of recent announcements, the assurances we received must be reaffirmed in detail, in order to remove the concerns that our members at the UK plants may have.
"The skills, expertise and dedication of the British workforce have put Jaguar Land Rover back into serious profit and on the map as a top luxury car maker. They deserve recognition for the past and certainty for the future. Under my leadership I intend to ensure the workers at Jaguar Land Rover get that recognition and certainty."
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- 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.