Jaguar Land Rover cutting 4,500 jobs

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Mr Quinn said Unite will scrutinise the business case for JLR's job cuts, and the union expects any United Kingdom redundancies to be voluntary.

JLR's sales have also been hurt by consumer confusion and a shift away from diesel-powered cars in Europe following the VW emission cheating scandal.

There were reports past year that thousands of jobs could be axed as part of a £2.5 billion savings plan amid falling sales in China and a drop in demand for diesel cars, but the figure was not confirmed.

Jaguar Land Rover is to cut 4,500 jobs and a further 4,000 United Kingdom manufacturing jobs at Ford are under threat after the U.S. manufacturer said that it would be shaking up its European operations.

Critics say it was relatively slow to embrace electric cars - a move that is now looking critical, with some cities considering banning diesel, and even petrol, cars in the years ahead.

Ralf Speth, chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover, said: "We are taking decisive action to help deliver long-term growth, in the face of multiple geopolitical and regulatory disruptions as well as technology challenges facing the automotive industry".

They are also concerned that the company is not permanently reducing its United Kingdom production capacity in the face of what could prove to be short-term headwinds.

Under the plan, employment costs and employment levels will be reduced, and the job losses will be in thousands, the agency reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Earlier this month it was reported United Kingdom new vehicle sales in 2018 fell at their fastest rate since the global financial crisis a decade ago, hit by the collapse in demand for diesel, as the industry body warned of the existential threat to the sector posed by Brexit.

In the United Kingdom, "continuing uncertainty related to Brexit" was blamed.

JLR has warned of further losses in the event of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union with a poor trade deal or no deal.

The layoffs come amid what industry insiders have called a "perfect storm".

China is the company's biggest and profitable market, but sales have plummeted almost 50% there.

That includes a slowdown in Chinese sales, a slump in diesel sales and concerns about United Kingdom competitiveness post-Brexit. But sales in China have fallen almost 50% in recent months as cautious Chinese consumers have been holding back on big ticket purchases amid global trade tensions.

The issues at JLR have arisen as Ford is also looking to cut back on its workforce numbers in Europe.

It has hired 4,000 workers in China since 2014.

The company employs around 10,000 people in Solihull - its biggest factory - and around 3,200 at its Jaguar factory in Castle Bromwich, where a three-day week was introduced in the autumn.

Cars being manufactured in the Aluminium Body Shop, at Jaguar Land Rover's Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Solihull, Birmingham.

As well as its United Kingdom manufacturing centres, JLR also has facilities in Brazil, Austria, Slovakia, India and China.

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