DHL workers supplying Jaguar Land Rover UK plants have been accused of “recklessly” putting the automaker’s growth prospects in danger after they voted to strike.
DHL workers have agreed for a strike which might close Jaguar Land Rover’s key assembly lines in several weeks. Almost 1, 000 workers at Castle Bromwich and Solihull plants voted last week for a walkout after salary negotiation escalated. Other 800 DHL employees at the Halewood, Merseyside, plant are to vote today on industrial action.
DHL said in a Sunday statement that the company is extremely disappointed that the Unite trade union has not accepted the generous offer and chose to vote for the industrial action.
“Detailed contingency plans are in place to minimise disruption to the customer and we strongly urge the union to reconsider its reckless action and give a clear message to our customer and employees that Unite supports UK growth,” the logistics company added.
A spokesman for the Unite said that the dispute is at its very beginning and that the union hoped the negotiations will lead to a deal. DHL employees deliver parts to JLR’s production lines and sometimes they even work alongside colleagues on the more lucrative automaker’s contracts. Therefore, they request to be put on similar conditions and terms as their Jaguar colleagues.
“Jaguar Land Rover is disappointed that DHL Unite members have voted in favor of industrial action. We encourage a return to the negotiating table to reach a satisfactory outcome for all parties as soon as possible,” said JLR.