Jim Cunningham, MP for Coventry South, is to table a question to the House of Commons today supported by the signatures of over 50 MPs, asking for clarification on the future of the Browns Lane plant. He claims any Jaguar plant closures would contravene an agreement signed by the company’s management and unions six years ago.
A Jaguar spokesman dismissed reports suggesting that the company would announce the closure of Browns Lane tomorrow. Recently-announced production volume reductions at Jaguar were to be across its plants rather than specific to the Coventry-built XJ and XK ranges. Ford has said it wants to reduce Jaguar output by about 15,000 this year, but through shift reductions, not job cuts.
Tony Woodley, general secretary of the TGWU, and Derek Simpson, leader of Amicus, have confirmed they will be meeting senior Ford managers to discuss Jaguar's future.