Jaguar workers vote for pay deal

Union officials say Jaguar Land Rover workers are "over the moon" after voting to accept a deal that offers them a two-year pay rise and long-term job security.

According to Unite, the agreement delivers a 5% pay rise for staff this year, followed by a RPI inflation plus 0.5% increase in 2011.

Nearly 16,000 workers across the company now have their jobs secured for at least 10 years, union leaders said.

They added that 74% of workers at Halewood, Castle Bromwich and Solihull had voted in favour of the deal, which is also expected to create thousands of new jobs.

Union official Des Quinn said: "The workforce is over the moon. They can now look forward to the future in the knowledge that their jobs and livelihoods are secure for years to come.

"In these worrying times for workers and their families it is great to have some good news but it is no more than these workers deserve.

"It also shows what can be achieved when a manufacturer works with the union and backs Britain. These are the sort of jobs - highly skilled and secure - which are essential if our country is to grow its way back to economic prosperity."

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