Jaguar Land Rover and DHL said today, July 8th, that plans are in place to reduce the impact on the British plants production from a possible strike by DHL staff.
Almost 750 of the total of 1,000 DHL workers serving JLR’s factories at Solihull and Castle Bromwich, located in central England, voted for a walkout last week, due to the automaker’s refusal to offer them the same conditions and terms given to JLR staff. The United union asked for a 12.8% increase over two years for the workers who sort parts and 20.6% for drivers. DHL said it has already given a 4.5% salary increase for 2013 and a guaranteed 3% for 2014.
An anonymous source said that JLR played down fears of a possible production stop and that the automaker is analyzing several options to make sure that parts continue to reach the production lines.
“It’s very early in the process, which gives the unions and the employers space to negotiate,” a Unite spokesman said.
Around 800 DHL employees from the Halewood factory, north west England, which manufactures the Land Rover Evoque, are expected to vote on industrial action. JLR’s Solihull plant manufactures Ranger Rover and Land Rover models, the HAlewood builds the Range Rover Evoque small SUV and Castle Bromwich manufactures Jaguars, among which the F-Type.
A DHL spokeswoman said, “Detailed contingency plans are in place to minimize disruption to the customer (JLR) 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.”