UK: Land Rover union bans overtime rather than walking out - report
Land Rover union leaders have pulled back from calling workers out on strike, despite their members voting in favour of a walk-out, the BBC reported.
The BBC said the Amicus union will instead ban overtime work at the car company's plant in Solihull, West Midlands, as part of industrial action in a dispute over pay, and its members will also withdraw flexible working time arrangements in the New Year, unless the row is resolved.
Amicus national officer, Duncan Simpson, told the BBC that the unions were keen to iron out their disagreements with Land Rover.
"The fact that the trade unions have not implemented an all-out strike demonstrates our willingness to talk to resolve the issue," he reportedly said, adding: "We would now call upon the company to make a similar positive response."
The BBC said a majority of members of the Amicus, TGWU and the GMB unions voted in support of strike action last Friday - they are pressing for an increase in an offer of 6.5% over two years and have said they want parity with employees at Jaguar which, like Land Rover, is owned by Ford.
The overtime ban will start next Monday and union leaders will meet in January to consider their next move, the BBC report said.