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Knowsley and Liverpool City Region response to news of job losses at Jaguar Land Rover

by Lisa Bennett

Jaguar Land Rover has announced an organisation review aimed at reducing its global workforce by 4,500 people. The Leader of Knowsley Council, Councillor Graham Morgan and Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram have met with management at the Halewood facility and commented on their commitment to support the site and its workforce.

Update Friday 11 January 2019:

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Members Appointed to National Jaguar Land Rover Task Force

Updating the Combined Authority on the situation at Jaguar Land Rover, Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:

“Clearly the current situation is worrying and, while it looks like the Halewood plant will be spared the brunt of the job losses, clearly one job lost is one too many.  I have met with the Halewood plant’s management, along with Graham Morgan, the leader of Knowsley Council, and I am reassured that the site is fundamentally very strong, having received more than half a billion pounds investment in recent years, and it’s future is not in doubt.

“I am pleased to announce that Councillor Morgan and I have been asked to join a national Task Force, pulled together by central government, which will work to ensure the long-term future of Jaguar Land Rover.”

 

Statement from Thursday 10 January 2019:

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:

“This morning, along with Graham Morgan, the Leader of Knowsley Council, I visited Jaguar Land Rover to be updated about the current situation at first hand.

“Clearly this is a very disappointing situation and worrying for everyone concerned.  In spite of the fundamental strengths of the Halewood plant, there are a number of strategic economic reasons for the company’s current challenges, ranging from a slump in diesel sales, to the US-China trade war, and ongoing uncertainty around Brexit. Locally, there are obviously limits to what the Combined Authority can do to tackle those issues but we have offered our full assistance and we will do all we can to support the company and its workers at this difficult time.

“What this latest news very clearly underlines is the absolute, over-riding importance of avoiding a no-deal Brexit and the economic catastrophe it would unleash on our country.”

Councillor Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said:

“Naturally the news coming out of Jaguar Land Rover is of great concern to me and everyone involved. Jaguar Land Rover is a major employer here in Knowsley and plays an important role in our economy – not just in terms of employing local people but also the positive impact it has on the local supply chain in Knowsley and the wider city region. The company has invested £750 million its Halewood facility in recent years and its impact on our borough and the region as a whole cannot be underestimated.

“Along with Steve, I have today met with management at the Halewood plant and offered our commitment to work with them and support them in any way we can during the coming months.”