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Meeting over car firm's job cuts

Land Rovers at Halewood assembly plant
The company has said managers would not receive any bonuses in 2009

Union officials have had a meeting with members of the Jaguar Land Rover board after the company announced proposals to cut 450 staff.

Three hundred managers and 150 salaried agency staff will lose their jobs.

The company said the action was to combat the credit crunch and a "severe reduction in demand".

The firm is based in Gaydon, Warwickshire, and has sites in Castle Bromwich, Coventry and Solihull in the West Midlands and Halewood, Merseyside.

The company, which was bought by Tata from Ford for 1.7bn last year, has said it does not expect sales to return to normal levels "for some time".

Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has confirmed the government was looking into a possible rescue package for the car industry.

Board members at Jaguar Land Rover met union officials on Thursday to discuss job losses.

The union Unite said it hoped the announcement was "not the tip of the iceberg".

The firm said managers would not receive any bonuses in 2009 and management pay increases had been deferred until 1 October "at the earliest".

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