Shop stewards, representing Unite members working for the car maker JLR, will be voting today (Monday 8 October) on whether to recommend a two-year pay deal which could mean up to 9.8 per cent extra in pay packets.
The stewards will be meeting at the Jaguar Castle Bromwich social club at 11.00 with a recommendation 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: “We have been involved in hard negotiations with JLR’s management. However, we have a great workforce producing a very successful range of vehicles and it is only right that our members share in the nearly £3 billion profit made by JLR over the last two years.
“The car industry in Britain is riding a wave which shows what can be achieved when the workforce and management work closely together – for example, JLR, which is owned by Indian conglomerate, Tata, has invested £4 billion in JLR over the last three years.”
If accepted by the stewards and then by the workforce, it 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, described by Roger Maddison 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.
Note to news editors:
Journalists are invited to interview Roger Maddison at about noon today at the Castle Bromwich social club at Chester Road, Castle Vale, Birmingham, West Midlands, B35 7RA
For further information please contact Roger Maddison on 07887 658 252 and/or Unite communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.