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Jaguar Land Rover to give pink slip to 850

Press Trust Of India  |  London 

British iconic brands Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR), which was recently acquired by the Tatas, is to cut 850 jobs of agency workers. "About 850 agency workers are to lose their jobs at Jaguar Land Rover in the West Midlands and Warwickshire," the BBC said in a report published on its website.

The report noted that the IT and engineering staff at the company's plants in Castle Bromwich, Solihull, Whitley, and Gaydon have been told their jobs would go by the year-end. Quoting the firm, the report said the global car market conditions were severe and "it had to take responsible and rapid action for the challenging environment it faces".

Earlier, the company had announced 600 jobs would go in a voluntary redundancy scheme.

In March, Jaguar Land Rover was acquired by the Tatas from American auto maker Ford for over $two billion. "The firm, which went to a four-day week in August, has said it faced unprecedented trading conditions amid reports it was seeking a £1 billion loan from the government," BBC reported.

The announcement comes as senior figures from the UK's car and construction industries are to meet ministers to appeal for government assistance, it added. "It employs about 16,000 staff at plants in West Midlands and Halewood, Merseyside," the report said.

First Published: Fri, November 28 2008. 00:00 IST