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It is urging the union to reconsider its course of action and give a clear message to JLR and employees that it supported UK growth.
Work is underway on JLR's new 500 million engine factory at the i54 site at Wolverhampton. It will employ 1,300 when engines begin rolling off the production line in 2015.
About 74 per cent of the 1,000 Unite members serving the two Midlands plant have voted in favour of a walkout and a further 800 at JLR's Halewood factory in Merseyside, where 24 hour production is running to meet global demand for the Range Rover Evoque, were voting today.
employees work at JLR's factories including Land Rover at Solihull and Jaguar at Castle Bromwich.
Sales are up in markets around the world, particularly China, the United States and Russia.
Unite said that the dispute was at the very beginning of the process and it hoped to resolve differences through negotiation. Unite is also polling members at two other logistics companies that supply JLR and the final decision on whether a strike will take place is not expected for four weeks.
JLR corporate affairs spokeswoman Lisa Palmer said today: "Jaguar Land Rover is disappointed that Unite members have voted in favour of industrial action in the Saucony Iso
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They deliver components to the production lines and also oversee warehouses.
JLR has called on the union and DHL management to return to the negotiating table to avoid any potential closure of assembly lines.
DHL said it was 'extremely disappointed' that Unite members in the Midlands had rejected a 'very generous' offer. The company said that detailed contingency plans were in place to minimise disruption for the customer.
JLR, owned by the Indian Tata Group, is gearing up for a major jump in sales from around 400,000 vehicles this year to 540,000 in 2015.
DHL has offered its staff a 4.5 per cent pay increase for 2013 and a guaranteed three per cent for next year, but Unite is asking for 12.8 per cent over two years for employees who sort parts and 20.6 per cent for drivers.
Unite members have demanded a pay Reebok Dark Stealth rise to put them on similar terms and conditions as the carmaker's staff.
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