Workers at TATA-owned Jaguar vote for a pay freeze

March 6th, 2009 - 5:48 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar.6 (ANI): Workers at TATA-owned car giant Jaguar Land Rover have voted to accept a shorter working week and a one-year pay freeze to avoid compulsory job cuts.
Members of Unite and the GMB unions accepted the deal 70 percent to 30 percent - after being urged to vote in favour by union officials.
The deal was thrashed out between union leaders and the company, which has cut around 1,800 agency, production and management jobs in recent months because of the downturn in the motor industry.
Workers at the company’’s sites, including Castle Bromwich and Solihull in the West Midlands and Halewood on Merseyside, took part in the ballot on the deal, which is aimed at saving up to 70 million pounds in costs.
The deal involves cutting the working week to four days, while pay will be frozen for one year in order to ensure continued production and avoid compulsory redundancies. (ANI)

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