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Jaguar Land Rover furloughs half of its staff

Written by  Apr 20, 2020

Major UK car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has furloughed up to 20,000 staff - half its workforce.

The company said it has "furloughed all roles that are not critical during this temporary period of disruption" caused by the outbreak of covid-19.

The manufacturer also said that its leadership team and board would be deferring salary payments for three months, starting next month.

JLR operates factories across the West Midlands and North West and ceased production at Castle Bromwich in Birmingham, Solihull and Halewood in Merseyside last month.

The firm also confirmed that "a controlled stop would continue for a few more weeks”.

A statement from the company said: "At Jaguar Land Rover, the health of our employees is our primary concern. We continue to monitor the covid-19 situation and follow the guidance of all relevant authorities.

"Our manufacturing sites are on a controlled stop and continue to adhere to government advice.

"Against the backdrop of rapidly changing circumstances, we have decided to extend the controlled stop at our plants for a few more weeks.

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"We are working towards an orderly return to production as soon as conditions permit.

"We are operating in line with advice from the NHS  and Public Health England to minimise the spread of the coronavirus while implementing plans to safeguard our business continuity."

"We are in discussions with the trade unions and our employees are regularly updated by Jaguar Land Rover and the trade unions about the current situation."

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Peter Flynn

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