JCB has agreed a new temporary working pattern with union leaders that will to save up hundreds of shop floor jobs across its UK factories.
The engineering giant has successfully negotiated with the GMB union over more flexible working arrangements as the anticipated disruption caused by the pandemic continues.
The move will protect the jobs of up to 915 shop floor employees but does not affect the planned 950 salaried staff redundancies announced last week.
A ballot of GMB members is to be held next week on the new temporary collective agreement at JCB’s factories in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham, with the result expected on Friday, May 29.
The announcement comes as JCB resumes production at UK factories where more than 2,000 employees have now returned to work.
JCB chief operating officer Mark Turner said: “We have held very constructive discussions with the GMB. It is very pleasing that we have found a way forward on production flexibility because we expect disruption from the Covid-19 crisis to continue until at least the end of this year.”