Alan Weston, Liverpool Echo
Agency workers at Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood car plant today described their shock at being told they were losing their jobs the day before Christmas Eve.
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.
One man whose 22-year-old son was taken on by the Manpower employment agency, to work on the new Evoque, said: ‘My son got a phone call a few hours before his shift started and was told to come to a building at the plant for a meeting with Manpower and not to wear his uniform.
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 Jaguar Land Rover said: ‘At the start of 2011, we committed to creating 1,500 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 over the 1,500 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. 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.”
[Source: Liverpool Echo]