An agreement between JCB and union GMB on new working arrangements could save 915 shop floor jobs across the UK.
A ballot of GMB members will take place next week at JCB’s Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Wrexham factories.
The new flexible working arrangements will maintain the core workforce for the next 12 months and help avoid potential shop floor compulsory redundancies.
In recent weeks, a fall in demand has led to JCB releasing a number of their senior team and this temporary collective agreement will offer greater job security throughout the period of instability resulting from of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The news comes after it was revealed last week that up to 950 jobs at JCB are at risk of redundancy due to demand for products falling by half in the Coronavirus pandemic. The new working agreement however does not impact these redundancies.
Alyn Thomas, GMB Organiser said: “We’re hopeful that this new flexible working arrangement can see the business through the worst of the economic turmoil and allows the company to quickly bounce back after the crisis.”