Union walk out set to hit Jaguar Land Rover sites

 
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JAGUAR Land Rover (JLR) yesterday said it hoped an impending union walk out by third-party staff at regional plants would be resolved before production grinds to a halt.

Members of the Unite trade union employed by logistics giant DHL at Midlands factories in Castle Bromwich and Solihull and Halewood in Merseyside have voted for industrial action in a ballot over a pay dispute with DHL.

JLR, which is not involved in the dispute, could be a casualty in the stand-off if a staff revolt is not averted.

DHL staff help JLR workers in the production of vehicles by bringing the parts to the track. A walkout by the staff is likely to halt production of the vehicles, which include the big selling Range Rover Evoque.

A JLR spokeswoman said it was “disappointed” by the vote. “We encourage them to return to the negotiating table to reach a satisfactory outcome for all parties as soon as possible,” she said.

DHL has offered staff a a 4.5 per cent pay rise for this year for drivers and car part sorters, plus a guaranteed three per cent increase, or inflation-linked increase, for 2014. Unite is asking for a 20.6 per cent rise for drivers over two years and 12.8 per cent over the same period for parts workers.