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Unions meet over Land Rover strike votes

Amicus says its members at Land Rover's Solihull plant have voted approximately 60% to 40% in support of strike action over the company's pay offer of 6.5% over two years, and the TGWU and GMB members at Land Rover have also voted in support of strike action.

On the question of action short of a strike, Amicus members also voted overwhelmingly in support.

Land Rover workers say the 6.5% deal on offer will not give them parity with their colleagues in Jaguar and voted to reject the offer by 82% in a ballot in October. Following that result Amicus, TGWU and GMB trade unions conducted ballots of their members for industrial action.

Amicus National Officer Duncan Simpson said: "The voting figures clearly demonstrate the inadequacy of the company's offer. The company must re-open negotiations with the trade unions to avoid a damaging dispute."

942 Amicus members voted for strike action and 688 voted against. On the second question on action short of a strike 1,144 voted yes compared to 493 who voted no.

Union representatives are meeting today, 15th December, to discuss what action to take, saying it is possible that industrial action could start before the plant's Christmas shutdown



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