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JCB end short-time working

Graeme Macdonald

Supply chain issues continue to be monitored as company reverts to normal 39-hour week

JCB are ending short-time working at their UK factories and reverting to a five-day working pattern.

Around 4,000 JCB and agency shop floor employees have been working a 34-hour week for the past fortnight due to anticipated component shortages from Chinese suppliers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

From this week, all factories are reverting to a basic working week of 39 hours.

JCB’s chief executive officer, Graeme Macdonald, said: ‘This is not a moment for celebration, but it is a step in the right direction. There has been some improvement in the shipment of components from China but new threats are emerging from our supply chain in other parts of the world, notably Italy and South Korea.

‘We will continue to monitor the situation very closely on a daily basis and take any necessary measures to protect the business.’

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