According to the Liverpool Echo, Agency workers at Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood car plant were told they were losing their jobs on the Friday before the Christmas holiday. The staff affected were among the extra manpower hired by the company at the start of the year to help with the launch of the new Range Rover Evoque model.
JLR announced at the start of the year it was recruiting an extra 1,500 workers to fill positions to support the launch and it is not known exactly how many agency workers were made redundant, but it is believed to be around 50. They were on a notice period of one week.
A spokesperson for JLR said, 'At the start of 2011 JLR committed to creating 1500 new positions at Halewood to support the launch of the Range Rover Evoque and this commitment is still in place. During 2011 we hired a small number more than 1500 to cover the busy and demanding launch period, which is a standard practice to ensure the successful launch of a new vehicle. We recently reached the end of the launch period and commenced a phased plan to reduce the number of additional agency workers, in stages, to align with the longer term workforce commitment.'
The spokesperson added that, 'Halewood is now operating at full production capacity and we have already started the exciting process of converting significant numbers of agency workers into JLR contracted employees. This process will continue in the New Year. JLR would like to thank the agency employees who are leaving us for contributing to the successful launch of the new Range Rover Evoque.'