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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 October, 2004, 19:07 GMT 20:07 UK
Jaguar workers offered pay rise
There is still a determination to fight the job cuts at Jaguar
Workers at troubled luxury car firm Jaguar have been offered a 6.5% pay increase over two years.

A union spokesman said the offer was "reasonable" given the problems facing the firm, which plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs at Browns Lane in Coventry.

Roger Maddison from Amicus said Jaguar managers had rejected a plan to cut pension and sickness provision.

But he said protests against the job cuts would still be staged in Birmingham and Coventry.

Protest march

Mr Maddison said unions have agreed that workers from Jaguar can work at Land Rover in return for Jaguar's concessions.

The Browns Lane plant has been on a two-day week for the last few weeks and Mr Maddison said such flexibility would make sense, given that both firms are owned by Ford.

But he underlined there was still the determination to fight the job cuts at Browns Lane, by staging a march in Birmingham and a rally in Coventry.

Ford's plans will see car production stop at Browns Lane, with 400 voluntary redundancies and 425 jobs moved to the Castle Bromwich factory in Birmingham.

Jaguar also have a factory at Halewood on Merseyside.

Jaguar will also lose 750 mostly white-collar staff as office work is merged with Land Rover.

The plan will leave 310 jobs at Browns Lane, with workers making wood finishes for Jaguar models.

If the pay offer is formally accepted it will take effect next month.

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