by Tim Lezard Unite members at Jaguar Land Rover  have overwhelmingly rejected a pay offer and pension changes. Following a 96% “No” vote in a consultative ballot, the union has warned the company to get round the negotiating table or face a strike bal …

Jaguar Land Roverby Tim Lezard

Unite members at Jaguar Land Rover  have overwhelmingly rejected a pay offer and pension changes.

Following a 96% “No” vote in a consultative ballot, the union has warned the company to get round the negotiating table or face a strike ballot.

Unite says the company should recognise the workforce’s contribution to last year’s profits of £2.5 billion and this year’s record breaking first quarter profits of £1 billion.

Anger is also mounting over the dilution and threatened changes to the final salary scheme including £240 million worth of pension cuts, despite pension changes to the final salary scheme being agreed with the workforce two years ago.

Elsewhere in the offer, plans for it to take new starters six years to reach 100 per cent pay, or the rate for job, have drawn criticism from the UK’s 14,000 strong workforce along with the introduction of a new bonus payment.

Members fear that the bonus, which isn’t consolidated or pensionable, will gradually replace pay rises that attract company pension payments over the coming years.

Unite national officer Roger Maddison said: “The workforce made huge sacrifices and endured pay freezes during difficult times to ensure that Jaguar Land Rover is the success it is today.

“Their hard work, skills and commitment have helped ensure that JLR has become a highly profitable world leader with a bulging order book. With the company making a staggering £10 million profit a day, it is no surprise that the workforce is angered by pension cuts and a pay offer that falls short in recognising their role in that success.

“JLR needs to get back around the negotiating table and hammer out a deal that meets the workforce’s expectations and shares the rewards of the company’s success fairly. Otherwise we will be looking to ballot our members for industrial action across the company’s five sites”


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