Unite union opposes Ford Jaguar and Land Rover takeover plans

The UK’s largest union, Unite, will oppose car maker Ford’s intention to sell its Jaguar and Land Rover marques, following talks with India’s Tata Motors.

Ford confirmed that it is in discussion with Tata Motors as a possible suitor to buy Jaguar and Land Rover, which have factories at Solihull and Castle Bromwich in the Midlands and Halewood on Merseyside, and employ around 16,000 workers.

In November, Indian firm Mahindra was reported to have joined the bidding for the struggling brands.

Unite said plant and job security should be at the heart of discussions over the future of both companies, adding that it would not “support or accept” Ford’s intention to sell or transfer them.

Tony Woodley, Unite joint general secretary, said: “We need further and more detailed meetings and discussions with Ford and Tata which will focus on the job security of our members in the Jaguar Land Rover and Ford plants in the UK.

“There are also crucial issues around wages, terms and conditions and pensions to address before any final decision is considered,” he added.

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