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Jaguar workers put on three-day week until Christmas

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About 1,000 workers at Jaguar's Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham will move from a five-day to a three-day week from October until Christmas.Jaguar Land Rover said it was making "temporary adjustments to our production schedules" at the factory.It affects about half the plant's 2,000 workers, who will remain on full pay.Jack Dromey, the Labour MP for Erdington, blamed "Brexit chaos and the mishandling by ministers of the transition from diesel" for the move.He tweeted that both issues were a "growing threat" to the plant, which is the main Jaguar factory.
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The historic Castle Bromwich @Jaguar plant will now go onto a 3-day week until Xmas, a combination of #Brexit chaos and the mishandling by Ministers of the transition from diesel. #Brexit now threatens the jewel in the crown of #British manufacturing excellence @BBCNews— Jack Dromey MP (@JackDromeyMP) September 17, 2018
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JLR said in a statement it was standard business practice to "regularly review its production schedules to ensure market demand is balanced globally"."In light of the continuing headwinds impacting the car industry, we are making some temporary adjustments to our production schedules at Castle Bromwich," the carmaker said."We are, however, continuing to over-proportionally invest in new products and technologies and are committed to our UK plants, in which we have invested more than Last week, JLR boss Ralf Speth warned the government to get "the right Brexit" or risk big job cuts at the carmaker and wiping out its profits. The production cutbacks come on the day that Sir Bernard Jenkin, the Tory MP and Brexit supporter, accused Mr Speth of scaremongering with his predictions."I'm afraid I think he's making it up. We've had figures made up all the time by the scaremongers in this debate and I'm afraid nobody believes them," he told the BBC's Today programme.Sir Bernard's comments were described as "embarrassing" by pro-Remain Tory backbencher Anna Soubry.
The company said in April it would not renew the contracts of 1,000 temporary workers at two factories.JLR is owned by India's Tata Motors and employs 40,000 people directly, with another 260,000 working in its supply chain.In July, Jaguar Land Rover warned that a "bad" Brexit deal would threaten ?80bn worth of investment plans for the UK and could force it to close factories.As well as Castle Bromwich, JLR also has plants in Halewood and Solihull.Last year, it made more than 600,000 cars, a fifth of which were sold to mainland Europe. About 90% of JLR's UK sales are diesels, which have become less popular as buyers question their environmental impact.
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