Jaguar Land Rover’s biggest supplier, DHL, has thrown down the gauntlet to 1,000 workers with an ‘unprecedented pay offer’ to avert a potentially crippling walkout.
The German-owned group has offered new base rates of pay of between £9.50 and £10.82 an hour to try to end an eight-month deadlock which threatened the delivery of tens of thousands of parts to JLR factories at Solihull, Castle Bromwich and Halewood.
The new deal, which also incudes harmonising terms and conditions for 1,000 drivers, forklift truck operators and handling staff at the vehicle maker’s three biggest manufacturing plants, has now been recommended for acceptance by Unite union.
Now unions and DHL are hopeful of a crucial breakthrough in the marathon dispute, which has dragged on since last September.
In March workers rejected a ‘final’ pay offer of an extra 53p an hour by an overwhelming 97 per cent margin – but DHL has now raised the stakes.
A confidential letter from DHL Vice-President Sue Gavin to Unite outlining the new offer said: “DHL has considered carefully the matters raised by the union in respect to the expectations of employees.
“I am pleased that the offer outlined will receive Unite’s recommendation to its membership for acceptance at ballot.
The new offer includes a new base rate of £9.50 an hour for all warehouse employees, £10.50 for large goods vehicle drivers and £10.82 for group and team leaders.