JLR to retain all three UK factories
Last autumn, the carmaker said it was to close one of its factories in Castle Bromwich or Solihull within the next decade.
Now, JLR has reached a new pay and conditions deal for its workers that, if endorsed by employees over the coming weeks, will enable it to retain its three plants. This will lead to a significant investment in the UK as well as an increase in the model line-up.
'This is a triumph for all concerned,' said Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr Ralf Speth. 'We have ambitious plans for growth and the success of our products around the world and this agreement will allow us to accelerate and realise those plans.
'The agreement is a great deal for our workers and the company and we can now really get on with working together to achieve an even more exciting future for the Jaguar and Land Rover brands,' added Dr Speth. 'We have already started by beginning to hire 1,500 new employees to support the launch of the new Range Rover Evoque at our award-winning Halewood factory in Liverpool.
'Our parent company Tata supported us through the recession and our employees also made sacrifices but now we are seeing a great turnaround in the business and 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.'