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Friday, 12 October, 2001, 14:45 GMT 15:45 UK
Rover workers reject pay deal
MG Rover Longbridge plant
The dispute centres on overtime arrangements
MG Rover workers at the company's Longbridge plant have rejected a new pay and conditions offer.

Staff are unhappy with the overtime arrangements included in the deal, which date back to when the company was owned by BMW.

MG Rover employ about 5,500 people at the Longbridge plant.

Ballot

Staff at Longbridge were balloted on the latest pay and conditions offer on Thursday.

They were offered a 2.5% pay increase, but were also asked to keep an overtime deal started by former owners BMW.

The overtime deal means managers can ask staff to work an extra hour a day - which they can either claim as overtime or time off in lieu.

In a ballot 80% accepted the pay offer but rejected the overtime deal.

Shop stewards claim the overtime arrangement never worked properly, with workers never receiving either pay or time off.

Officials from the Transport and General Workers Union are expected to continue talks with management to try and reach an agreement.

BMW sold the company last year for 10 to the Phoenix consortium led by John Towers.

See also:

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