Jaguar staff vote against strike action

The two main unions at Jaguar in Coventry have voted against a strike over closure of the Browns Lane plant.

Parent company Ford’s decision to end production at the factory will lead to 1,100 jobs being lost.

Hundreds took part in a march in Coventry in November to protest at the plans, which would see production moving to Castle Bromwich, Birmingham.

A ballot ended at noon on Monday 13 December after a two-week period of voting by Amicus and T&G union members at the plant. The company had urged workers not to strike over the plans, saying it would not be in the interests of the firm, employees or customers.

Ford says the move will save £80m a year, a figure disputed by the unions, which claim no more than £15m can be made in salary savings.

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