Unite members at Jaguar Land Rover will now be balloted on new offer
The stewards, who yesterday met at the Jaguar Castle Bromwich social club, voted overwhelmingly to accept the deal for the 21,000-strong workforce at Castle Bromwich and Solihull in the West Midlands, Halewood on Merseyside and the research sites at Gaydon and Whitley, also in the West Midlands.
Unite national officer for the automotive industry Roger Maddison said: “The Unite shop stewards voted overwhelmingly in favour of the package which had been hammered out during tough negotiations with JLR’s management.
“This will now go to a vote of the workforce and, if they are in favour, the two-year deal will start on 1 November.
“We have a great workforce at JLR producing a very successful range of excellent vehicles and it is only right that our members share in the nearly £3bn profit made by JLR over the last two years.
“The British car industry is undergoing a renaissance at present. The constructive working together by employers and the trade unions has been a major factor in this revitalisation of the automotive sector.”
If accepted by the wider workforce, the deal will mean a pay rise of 4.5 per cent, plus £500 from 1 November, 2012 which equates to 6.3 per cent in real terms for a shop floor worker at Land Rover. The rise from 1 November 2013 will be 3 per cent or that of the Retail Price Index (RPI).
From November 2,400 agency workers with JLR will become permanent employees, which Roger Maddison has described as “another very welcome boost to manufacturing employment in the UK.”
Other elements of the deal include new starter rates rising from 90 per cent to 95 per cent of the current pay rates, as well as an increased holiday bonus for the summer holiday. An investment and sourcing agreement will guarantee the operation of all UK plants until at least 2022.
Unite has about 17,000 members at JLR which makes the iconic Jaguar and Land Rover.
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