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Amicus Members Vote to Strike at Land Rover in Solihull

LONDON, December 12 -- Amicus members at Landrover's plant in Solihull have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action over the company's pay offer.

Amicus members at the plant voted approximately 60% to 40% in support of strike action over the company pay offer of 61/2% over two years. On the question of action short of a strike, Amicus members also voted overwhelmingly in support.

Workers say the 61/2% deal will not give them parity with other 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.

Following the result Amicus National Officer, Duncan Simpson, said:

"The voting figures clearly demonstrate the inadequacy of the company's offer. The company must reopen 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.

A majority of TGWU and GMB members have also voted in support of strike action.

Senior union representatives will meet on Monday 15th December to discuss what action to take to achieve a better pay offer. It is possible industrial action could start before the plants Christmas shutdown.

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