Land Rover staff strike over pay

Thousands
of staff at Ford-owned Land Rover walked out this morning in a 24-hour strike
over pay.

Workers
are unsatisfied with a 6.5 per cent pay offer over two years, with members of
three unions – the TGWU, Amicus and the GMB – complaining that they earn up to
£25 a week less than workers at Jaguar, also owned by Ford.

Land
Rover claims that the industrial action at its Solihull plant will put the long
term future of the factory at risk.

The
company said its "final" pay offer was significantly above the rate
of inflation and other settlements in the industry.

It
added that Land Rover employees enjoyed benefits including the lowest working
time and greatest number of holidays in the UK car industry.

By Michael Millar

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