130 Halewood car part jobs lost as bosses give work to Birmingham staff who are paid less Company making entire Halewood workforce redundant say they consider it a "positive development" because it retains JLR business 17:32, 17 JUL 2017 Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email An entire workforce in Halewood that supplies parts to Jaguar Land Rover is being made redundant because their bosses moved all their work to Birmingham where staff are paid less.
Concerned workers at the Knowsley based International Automotive Components (IAC) plant contacted the ECHO saying they felt like they'd been "stabbed in the back" as 130 of them are about to lose their jobs. They say over the last six years they've supplied JLR with interior components for their cars by "working overtime and on weekends to meet the demand for IAC" but suddenly that has all changed with a cheaper workforce in IAC's Elmdon plant now the choice to carry out the same work. IAC bosses have outlined their attempts to "reach an agreement to save the jobs in Halewood" which didn't work out but say they consider the outcome a "positive development" because it means they will retain the business with JLR. Jaguar Land Rover extending Halewood plant in investment A worried Halewood IAC staff member, who asked not to be named, said: "We feel like we have been stabbed in the back. "For more than six years we have worked our shifts, overtime and on weekends in order to meet the demand. "The company coach outlet usa online store themselves described the Halewood plant as 'massively profitable' and it is clear that even though the work is still there because they are just preferring to move it to the other plant to make more money. "We are suffering for working hard for the company." The labourer said IAC offered them two alternatives either accept a lower rate of pay or a pay freeze. They added: coach premium outlet "Because we didn't accept it they said they were sacking us." IAC make a number of interior elements for the JLR Discovery Sport and Evoque vehicles. Record sales announced at Jaguar Land Rover driven by Halewood real coach purse built Discovery Sport The 130 strong workforce which is being cut are involved in the leather wrapping process in the Knowsley based factory. Workers oversee robotised procedures and carry out highly skilled manual operations, which mean they have been coach outlet atlanta diabetes described as craftsmen rather than an assembly line by the JLR plant manager. A spokesman for IAC said they have sourced the work to their Birmingham plant because "cost structures are more competitive due to a number of factors including workforce".
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