Jaguar is to launch a new model and create ‘‘significant’’ extra jobs at Castle Bromwich as part of a £200 million investment – if workers agree to revised efficiency plans.
An updated blueprint for the future of the factory has now been drawn up by unions and management after workers rejected a range of new practices, including compulsory Saturday working, in May.
A second ballot will now be held on July 18 and Jaguar has told its workers, in an internal newsletter, that a new model – understood to be a replacement for the XF – is on the cards if the deal is agreed.
It was revealed in May that the ageing Castle Bromwich plant would be in line for a new body shop, new models and potentially up to 1,000 extra jobs if new efficiencies could be met. But employees subsequently rejected the proposals by 1,153 against to 756 votes in favour, with Saturday working the key sticking point.
A new employee bulletin on the proposed deal says: “If you vote yes to these proposals at the ballot, then the company has made it clear that they intend to source a new model at Castle Bromwich. This investment will mean significant growth in employment at the plant as well as a more certain future for the plant and the workforce.
“The decision to consider Castle Bromwich for a further new model only serves to reinforce JLR’s continued commitment to the UK, but in order to justify this support it is important that all our UK plants make continuous improvements and stay competitive.”
Des Quinn, Unite regional official, said: “There are a lot of people in the area of the factory that rely on Castle Bromwich for their livelihoods – this would give them security. This would mean that many people would be able to finish their working lives there. We see this as positive and we hope our members do. We have unanimously recommended this to the workforce and we hope they see this as the way forward.”
The bulletin says employees ‘may be required to work up to a maximum of 12 assured Saturdays per shift’ in 12 months.