Jaguar Land Rover : All three UK plants saved by landmark Trade Union deal
Jaguar Land Rover today confirmed that a landmark pay and conditions settlement has been reached after a period of negotiation with the Trade Unions representing the two brands’ workforce – the deal has been concluded following an intensive study to determine the future Jaguar Land Rover strategy for both brands.
The agreement, which the Trade Unions representing the Jaguar Land Rover workforce will unanimously recommend to their members, sees Jaguar Land Rover revising its plans to consolidate manufacturing operations. Jaguar Land Rover will now retain three plants in the UK – at Castle Bromwich, Solihull and Halewood – building Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles but this remains subject to the deal being endorsed by employees during the next few weeks.
However, if backed by Jaguar Land Rover’s existing workers, the deal will lead to the creation of thousands of new jobs in Britain over the next decade as the brands invest billions of pounds in the UK and significantly increase both the number of models in their ranges as well as overall global volumes.
“This is a triumph for all concerned,” said Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ralf Speth. “We have ambitious plans for growth and the success of our products around the world and this agreement will allow us to accelerate and realise those plans.
Our parent company, Tata Motors, supported us through the recession and our employees also made sacrifices but now we are seeing a great turnaround in the business and everyone involved – our employees; our customers and our Tata shareholders – will benefit from this agreement. This is truly the beginning of a new era for Jaguar Land Rover.” Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover
“The agreement is a great deal for our workers and the company and we can now really get on with working together to achieve an even more exciting future for the Jaguar and Land Rover brands,” added Dr. Speth. “We have already started by beginning to hire 1500 new employees to support the launch of the new Range Rover Evoque at our award-winning Halewood factory in Liverpool.
“Our parent company, Tata Motors, supported us through the recession and our employees also made sacrifices but now we are seeing a great turnaround in the business and everyone involved – our employees; our customers and our Tata shareholders – will benefit from this agreement. This is truly the beginning of a new era for Jaguar Land Rover.”
The terms of the agreement include a pay rise of 5% for employees in November this year with a further rise of at least 3% next November. New hires in the manufacturing plants will come in on lower rates of pay and receive lower shift premiums, increasing flexibility. Existing employees are unaffected. There will also be an extension of performance related pay for salaried employees.
[Source: Jaguar Land Rover]