Unite has overwhelmingly rejected JLRs offer

Unite has overwhelmingly rejected JLR's offer

UK labour body, Unite, says it is starting the process to ballot for industrial action today (14 November) following an overwhelming rejection by its members of a Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) pay offer.

Unite says the deal put forward by JLR, comprises of a 3.6% increase in year one, followed by RPI+1% or 3%, whichever is the better for years two and three.

But the main point of contention for the union, which says 96% of those balloted rejected the offer at the company's five plants, is what it maintains is JLR's wish to save GBP240m (US$376m) from the pension scheme.

"Only 450 accepted the company's offer," Unite national officer for the automotive sector, Roger Maddison, told just-auto from Coventry in the UK Midlands region. "We now move forward with the ballot for industrial action - that process starts today.

"The Electoral Reform Committee does the ballot on behalf of the union - normally from now it is about six weeks before people start getting ballot papers. Of course we have notified the company of the ballot result and have spoken to [them] today.

"We would prefer to avert a ballot for industrial action and we are prepared to get around the negotiating table if the company amends its offer. This is a company that is making GBP10m every day - if we have to affect these profits by introducing industrial action we will consider that the company's fault.

Unite also claims it will take new starters six years to reach 100% per cent pay, or the rate for job,while it has also criticised a new bonus payment.

"We are in talks with the union," a JLR spokeswoman told just-auto. "Obviously, they rejected in the ballot yesterday and we were clearly very disappointed that was the case - we are now in dialogue with the unions.

"Our overarching objective is to achieve a negotiated settlement with the union."

Unite noted 12,881 members voted to reject the pay offer, with 454 voting to accept and 17 spoilt ballot papers.