Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) plans to cut more than 1,000 contract agency jobs under the ongoing pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UK's largest automaker, which earlier reported a 30.9 percent drop in sales after the pandemic ban, said the cuts were part of its transformation program to improve operational efficiency.
"As part of its ongoing transformation program, Jaguar Land Rover is taking measures to optimize performance and achieve further operational efficiency in order to enable sustainable growth and ensure the long-term success of our business," says a company statement.
"Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company made the difficult decision to reduce the number of contract agency employees in its manufacturing facilities over the coming months," he added.
Jobs at UK manufacturing sites are expected to be cut. This process will start in late July and will continue throughout the year.
"It is another devastating blow to our automotive sector and the communities that rely on them for their jobs," said the Unite union.
"We urge the government to provide the much needed support package for the sector, as other countries like France and Germany have done, so that we can curb the flood of layoffs," it said.
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