A ONE-YEAR pay freeze and a four-day week were among the key elements of a deal thrashed out at recession-hit Jaguar Land Rover to save up to £70 million in costs, it has emerged.
As reported in last week’s Solihull Times, the pact between unions and management staved off the threat of compulsory job losses for two years, but few other details were announced immediately.
It is now known the agreement provides for the carmaker’s manufacturing operations to run from Monday to Thursday, but with only two hours trimmed off the working week and the loss of just one hour’s pay.
The agreement affects 12,000 JLR workers, who are being balloted on whether to accept it.
Dave Osborne, national car industry secretary for the Unite union, said details of the framework agreement had been outlined to shop stewards across JLR last Thursday.
“They overwhelmingly supported the recomm-endation from the negotiating committee that this document should go to our members with a recommendation that it is accepted.
“The agreement includes a shorter working week for manufacturing, with a two-hour reduction in production and a one-hour reduction in pay. It will be a four-day week in manufacturing areas.
“It is also true to say salaried staff will be asked to work additional hours for no additional pay.
“Both groups have agreed a pay freeze for 2009 for one year only. Pay negotiations will resume in October 2010.”