Derek Simpson, general secretary of the AMICUS trade union, will be visiting the Land Rover plant in Solihull on Monday 29 March 2004 to discuss the securing of future models and long term employment prospects at the plant.

He will also see the company’s new T5 body shop, a world-class body making facility, which is due to open in April 2004.

His visit comes about six weeks after union members accepted a company pay offer after originally demanding parity with Jaguar workers and holding two 24-hour strikes. After the dispute was settled, union leaders said they would work with the company to win new work, investment and employment opportunities at the plant.

In a statement Simpson said: “Following the disappointment for the Solihull workforce at the company’s decision to source the replacement Freelander model at Halewood, it is crucial that we secure the necessary investment and future 4×4 models for Solihull.”

“The company are investing in new facilities at the plant and we intend to work closely with them to ensure that this results in the maximum number of long-term job opportunities.”