Workers at the car maker JLR have voted overwhelmingly to accept a two-year pay deal which will mean up to 9.8 per cent extra in pay packets.
The offer was recommended by shop stewards to 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, earlier this month .
The members voted 78.5 per cent in favour of the deal, and 21.5 per cent against. There was an 85 per cent turn-out.
Unite national officer for the automotive industry Roger Maddison said: “This is a very good result for JLR in particular and the car industry in general. We can now move forward to reinforce the renaissance in British car production.
“The deal is nothing less than the workforce deserve as they have contributed greatly to the nearly £3 billion profit made by JLR over the last three years.
“I would like to pay tribute to the shop stewards whose diligence and detailed understanding of the issues involved made this deal possible.”
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.
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.
JLR makes the high-profile Jaguar and Land Rover marques.
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