Jaguar workers vote to strike
By Barrie Clement
Workers at the newly and profitable privatized Jaguar car company yesterday voted to strike from next Thursday in support of a £25a week pay rise. The company said that would deal a massive blow to its financial performance and jeopardize its growing share of the United States luxury car market.
Management insisted that there was no question of the company being forced into a higher offer. Union leaders claimed the 22 per cent offer over two years was worth about 14 per cent in new money and would not allow the 7,000 workers to share in the company’s success. But management said the workers were the highest paid in the motor industry and the offer would keep them top of the league.
Meanwhile, Austin Rover appealed to its 28,000 workers to vote against industrial action.