Workers at Land Rover are to stage a 24-hour strike starting on 26 January at the company's plants in Solihull and Gaydon, in Warwickshire, in a dispute over pay, according to reports.

Employees are already carrying out a ban on overtime introduced at the beginning of 2004 and the action will affect more than 8,000 workers, the reports said.

Dave Osborne, the Transport and General Workers' Union National Secretary reportedly said the trade unions did not take a decision to strike lightly.

"In view of the company's reluctance to re-open negotiations it is felt that further action is necessary to bring them back to the negotiating table," he told the BBC, adding: "Between now and 26 January we hope that the company will reflect on the decision, and meet the trade unions with a view to reaching a negotiated settlement."

The reports said the union bosses want more than the 6.5% pay increase over two years currently on offer because Land Rover staff say the deal would leave them worse off than their colleagues at Jaguar - another Ford company.

Amicus national officer Duncan Simpson told the BBC it was a decision made with great reluctance.

"We're calling on the company to think again and come back to the negotiating table," he reportedly said.