A TOTAL of 800 Land Rover workers picketed the firm's plant in Solihull in the West Midlands last Saturday and Sunday morning.
The workers now plan a 24-hour strike from 6am on Monday 26 January, while continuing with their weekend pickets. Last weekend's picket showed the level of militancy that is building in their dispute over pay and conditions.
The action is to enforce an overtime ban by members of the TGWU and Amicus unions. Some 500 workers picketed the Dawson Road entrance, with 250 workers on Lode Lane and smaller pickets covering other entrances.
It is clear that the pay offer of 6.5 percent over two years, with a raft of increases in "flexible working", will be bitterly resisted by the 6,000-strong workforce.
One activist said, "The mood of anger is increasing, and we are going to maintain a united front until we force management to talk seriously."