Production at Jaguar Land Rover might face a possible shutdown after employees at logistic supplier DHL voted to start a strike over a wage disagreement.
A possible shutdown at any of Jaguar Land Rover’s plants in the UK would have serious implications for the automaker, which is one of the largest exporters in the UK and which has managed over the past three years to almost double production and become one of the most profitable automakers in the world.
Around 2,000 DHL workers are employed at JLR’s plants in crucial roles, such as overseeing warehouses and delivering components to production lines. The Halewood plant is currently working around-the-clock to meet increasing demand for the Evoque model.
“Unless DHL comes to their senses and makes a realistic offer to our members, it could bring the lines to a halt at Jaguar Land Rover,” said Roger Maddison, automotive national officer at Unite, the union.
DHL said that the employees have voted to begin strike at the automaker’s Solihull and Castle Bromwich plants in the Midlands. Today, July 8th, will take place a ballot for workers at the Halewood plant, near Liverpool. The shutdown threat is a powerful blow for JLR which has recently introduced the new Range Rover Sport model and increased production to meet growing demand.
“We are extremely disappointed that Unite has rejected our very generous offer and voted in favour of industrial action,” DHL Supply Chain said. “Detailed contingency plans are in place to minimise disruption to the customer and we strongly urge the union to reconsider its reckless action.”