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All British factories to stay open as firm confirms deal with unions
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15 October 2010

Jaguar Land Rover is scrapping plans to close one of its UK plants after securing what it calls "a landmark pay and conditions deal" with the unions.

JLR's owner Tata announced last autumn that it planned to close one of the firm's two factories in the West Midlands. That would have meant the end for either Castle Bromwich or Solihull, with the surviving plant joining Halewood on Merseyside in the JLR UK line-up.

However, the firm has confirmed this morning that it has signed a deal with the unions that will allow it to not only keep all three plants active, but also take extra 2000 staff. The net gain for the region in the short term is said to be between 4000 and 6000 workers.

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Workers still need to ratify the deal, but if they do, JLR says the agreement will "lead to the creation of thousands of new jobs in Britain over the next decade as Jaguar Land Rover invests billions of pounds in the UK and significantly increases both the number of models in its range as well as overall global volumes".

The first of the new models will be the Evoque, production of which will take place at Halewood. JLR has already started recruiting an additional 1500 staff for that project. A baby Jaguar saloon, and a new sports car, would increase the need for capacity further.

Autocar sources say that at present, there are no plans for JLR's UK plants to produce Tata vehicles, despite the firm's intention to expand that brand's presence in Europe - including the UK - over the next three years.

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"Our parent company Tata supported us through the recession and our employees also made sacrifices but now we are seeing a great turnaround for the business," said Jaguar Land Rover CEO Dr Ralf Speth. "Everyone involved - our employees, our customers and our Tata shareholders - will benefit from this agreement. This is truly the beginning of a new era for Jaguar Land Rover."

JLR also confirmed that the deal includes a five per cent pay rise for existing employees next month, followed by a further rise of "at least three per cent" next November, and that there will be "an extension of performance-related pay" across the workforce.

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WFC Holden 19 October 2010

Re: JLR: 'Third UK plant saved'

shortbread wrote:
But now they are more independent, confident and have owners that are financially stronger

I wouldn't bet on it. I wish them well, whilst not particularly keen on the cars themselves, but private equity still has some way to go to demonstrate its longterm suitability for this sort of enterprise.

shortbread 15 October 2010

Re: JLR: 'Third UK plant saved'

@ WFC Holden,

I agree, there was a lot wrong with previous management, X type, four eyed jags, ford switchgear...Ford made a mess of it.

But now they are more independent, confident and have owners that are financially stronger. I see this as a much better option than Aston relying on Mercedes.

@paddyb

The Germans also benefitted from a weak Euro. But I agree that the company has to be engineering driven. Its suprising the faith customers have, with Land/Range Rover especially considering the line up is a decade old, just shows the potential they have once the newer range comes in.

WFC Holden 15 October 2010

Re: JLR: 'Third UK plant saved'

shortbread wrote:

The synergy was based more on the lines of Jaguar and Aston. Had this happened Aston could have instantly got hold of the 5.0 V8, both standard and supercharged variants, of course with increased output. The future Vantage and XK replacements could share common platforms as well. Aston would also benefit from the smaller Jag roadster under development as well as the direct injection V6 engines. This is the direction Aston should take to develop a more CO2 friendly line up rather than plaster japanese city cars with their badge. Also, they could make savings on shared R&D, components, distribution network and what not. this makes a lot more sense for these UK based firms rather than having to rely on German platforms, which is what Aston is looking into right now. It will also benefit the local supplier base.

Is that it? I thought my idea was much wittier, not to mention the fact that the last time Jaguar and Aston Martin found themselves sharing an owner everything got all messed up and we ended up with the woeful DB7 instead of an F-Type.