JLR asks 2,500 staff to go on four-day week

Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed it is asking its 2,500 workers at its Castle Bromwich factory to go on a four-day week to help safeguard the future of the plant.

The staff will also be asked to agree to changes in other working practices in a ballot later this week.

It is part of a move to make the factory become more flexible and more efficient in order to get more investment in the future.

Production of the XJ model which is built at the factory comes to an end on 5 July while the XJ brand will continue to exist but it’s not been decided yet where any new XJ models will be built.

JLR announced last month it had slipped to a £3.6bn annual loss as it continued to face slowing sales in China.

The car manufacturer was hit by a £3.1bn write down in the third quarter of 2018, to cover falling demand for newer models and for diesel-powered cars.