WORKERS AT Land Rover in Solihull enforced their overtime ban in a militant fashion over the holiday period, with lively pickets of up to 150 on Saturday and Sunday mornings while the plant has been on holiday shutdown.
The workers have voted by more than two to one for this action, and this week were due to discuss extending this with possible lightning walkouts and a ban on overtime work due to take place on the Land Rover Discovery line.
It is clear that the strings the company has attached to the pay deal are as much an issue as the money is. A statement that the company wants to have attached to the deal would lead to even more "flexibility" with the company having the right, for example, to up to two hours catchback overtime at 15 minutes notice.
Colin, a senior steward in the Body and White section, told Socialist Worker, "The money's important, Ford owns both Jaguar and Land Rover and we want parity, but throwing out the statement is just as important."
At the moment the weekend pickets have built up good momentum, and as there is some talk of not continuing with them it is important that similar tactics, such as walkouts, be used to keep up the head of steam that is building around this dispute.
Talks are continuing at Nissan after workers voted for action against unagreed job transfers.