Workers at BMW’s Mini plant in Oxford could be set to strike for the first time in 28 years after overwhelmingly rejecting a pay offer.
Some 97 percent of almost 2,000 Unite union members voted against the offer in a consultative ballot.
The company was offering workers a below-inflation increase of 2.21 percent with significant strings attached for bonuses and overtime.
Unite has agreed to talks with the firm at the same time as preparing a ballot for industrial action.
A walkout would send shockwaves through the industry.