Jaguar workers reject strike action

Jaguar workers in Britain have voted against striking in protest at the ending of car production at their historic factory in Coventry, it was announced today.

Jaguar workers in Britain have voted against striking in protest at the ending of car production at their historic factory in Coventry, it was announced today.

Members of the Transport and General Workers Union, Amicus and the GMB rejected taking industrial action over the switch of production to Castle Bromwich, with the loss of 1,100 jobs.

The vote brings to an end a union campaign aimed at persuading Jaguar’s owners Ford to reverse its decision.

In a ballot of 1,300 workers, 453 voted in favour of strikes (45%), with 555 against (55%) – turnout was 77%.

Dave Osborne, national officer of the TGWU, said workers at Coventry's Browns Lane plant had come under pressure from the company to accept voluntary severance.

“We always understood that would be a big factor. We have encouraged members to challenge Ford and whilst we know many are very upset about the company’s decision and the manner in which it was announced, we recognise the difficulty they faced.

“We will continue to carry forward the issues of breach of agreements which remains a shadow hanging over industry.

“For our members at Browns Lane we will work for their futures collectively and individually whatever they now choose to do.”

Tony Murphy, national officer of Amicus, said: “Obviously we are disappointed with the result but people have been offered a lot of money to take the redundancy package and are concerned that may be withdrawn.

“The joint unions will keep pushing the company to reconsider their decision and we will continue pushing the (British) government for a change in the law that will help defend UK manufacturing jobs.”

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