Logistics provider, DHL Supply Chain, says it has "detailed contingency plans in place," following what it says is a vote by UK labour body, Unite, to reject its pay offer and vote in favour of industrial action that could see disruption at several Jaguar Land Rover plants.

DHL Supply Chain added it was "extremely disappointed" with the industrial action vote and claims Unite has asked for increases of 12.8% for what it terms operatives and 20.6% for drivers, although the UK union did not immediately return calls to verify the figure.

"We are extremely disappointed Unite has rejected our very generous offer and voted in favour of industrial action at Jaguar Land Rover's plants at Castle Bromwich, Solihull and Hams Hall in the Midlands," said a DHL Supply Chain statement emailed to just-auto.

"The offer is for all drivers, warehouse and in-plant operatives and equates to a 4.5% increase in pay for 2013 with a guaranteed 3% or RPI [retail price index] for 2014. In addition, we have offered a 1.7% cash lump sum which brings the offer for 2013 up to 6.2%.

"This landmark offer is in excess of most other settlements within the UK and would confirm our position on rates of pay and terms and conditions as market-leading for the logistics industry and is in addition to an average of 10% increase that was agreed last year."

The logistics provider added the 12.8% and 20.6% demands were "completely unsustainable" and had "yet to be justified by Unite."

It noted "detailed contingency plans" were in place to minimise disruption and it strongly urged Unite to "reconsider its reckless action"

JLR also expressed disappointment at the news of industrial action. "We are hopeful - at the moment we are hoping they back to the negotiating table," a JLR spokesman told just-auto.

A separate statement emailed to just-auto by JLR noted: "Jaguar Land Rover is disappointed Unite members have voted in favour of industrial action.

"We encourage them to return to the negotiating table to reach a satisfactory outcome for all parties as soon as possible."