Jaguar Land Rover has prepared a strategy to offset the consequences of a possible strike by DHL employees.
“These are the people who are not employed by the JLR. We are closely monitoring the situation and are preparing for it,” said JLR India spokesperson.
Almost 750 out of the total of 1,000 DHL employees that work at JLR facilities in the UK at Castle Bromwich and Solihull, voted to undergo a walkout last week due to the automaker’s refusal to offers them a similar wage deal given to some of its staff. The Unite labor union asked for a 12.8% salary increase in two years, while the company offered them a 4.5% rise for this year and 3% for next year.
“There can be alternate arrangements by Tata Motors, JLR or from DHL itself,” said an analyst from domestic brokerage.“DHL provides services to various industries in UK and Midlands. The demands made by the employees seem to be unreasonable as the wage hikes should be uniform across all its (DHL) logistics warehouse operations.”
If production at JLR’s will be affected by this strike, it would be a big blow for the automaker, which is the largest exporter of manufacturing goods in the UK. The Solihull facility builds the Range Rover and Land Rover models, the Halewood plant manufactures the Range Rover Evoque and the Castle Bromwich makes Jaguars.