Saturday, 15 November 2014
Jaguar Land Rover's UK workers have voted overwhelmingly against an offered pay rise and pension changes as the country's biggest trade union said the automaker should return to the negotiating table or face a ballot for industrial action.
Talks between the automaker, owned by India's Tata Motors, and workers' representatives ended with no agreement in October after the union rejected a pay deal offering staff a rise of at least 3 percent in each of the next three years.
On Thursday, trade union Unite said nearly 13,000 staff had rejected the pay offer, with just under 500 accepting.
Staff were offered a 3.6 percent rise in the first year plus a bonus and either 3 percent or the Retail Prices Index measure of inflation plus 0.5 percent depending on which is higher in years two and three, a trade union source told Reuters.
Unite national officer Roger Maddison said there were concerns over what he said were proposed reductions to pension provisions at the firm.
"With the company making a staggering 10 million pounds ($15.7 million) profit a day, it is no surprise that the workforce is angered by pension cuts and a pay offer that falls short in recognizing their role in that success," he said.
Jaguar Land Rover would not comment on details of the pay or pension deal when asked by Reuters, but a spokesman said the firm was very disappointed with the result of the ballot but committed to reaching a settlement.
Jaguar Land Rover has enjoyed a new lease of life since Tata Motors bought it from Ford in 2008, recording a pre-tax profit of 2.5 billion pounds in the 2013-2014 business year, more than doubling in three years.
Last year, the firm built almost one in three of the UK's 1.5 million cars and in October opened a 500 million pound engine manufacturing center, its fifth site in the UK.
TMW THOUGHT -
A 3.6% rise in year one PLUS a bonus
a 3.0% rise in year two **
A 3.0% rise in year three **
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the fastest muscle car ever with a National Hot Rod Association-certified ¼-mile elapsed time of 11.2 seconds at 125 miles per hour (mph) with stock Pirelli P275/40ZR20 P Zero tires. With drag radials, the ¼-mile run dropped to just 10.8 seconds at 126 mph.
The fastest muscle car ever is also the most powerful muscle car ever, thanks to the Challenger SRT’s HEMI Hellcat, which delivers an unprecedented 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. The 6.2-liter V-8 is also the first factory-built supercharged HEMI.
Equipped with Chrysler Group’s segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, the new Challenger SRT Hellcat has earned a highway fuel-economy rating of 22 miles per gallon (mpg) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Not to be outdone, the Challenger SRT Hellcat earns an EPA highway rating of 21 mpg when equipped with the new-for-2015 six-speed manual transmission.
In addition to the awe-inspiring horsepower, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has been redesigned and totally re-engineered to be the most true-to-form muscle coupe on the market with performance-enhancing technologies inside and out, including the new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual and an all-new interior inspired by the classic 1971 Challenger.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has a starting U.S. MSRP (Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price) of $59,995 (excluding $995 destination, includes $2,100 gas-guzzler tax; $1,700 gas-guzzler tax on models with the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic).
|1.4 MultiAir II 140hp|
|1.6 MultiJet II 120hp|
|2.0 MultiJet II 140hp|
|Length standard / Cross||4248 / 4273||4248 / 4273||4248 / 4273|
|Width / + mirrors||1976 / 2025||1796 / 2025||1796 / 2025|
|Height / + roof bars||1600 / 1608||1600 / 1608||1600 / 1608|
|Height Cross FWD / AWD||1608 / 1620||1608 / 1620||1608 / 1620|
|Track Front/Rear (FWD + AWD)||1545/1545||1545/1545||1545/1545|
|No. cylinders, layout||4||4||4|
|Bore × stroke (mm)||72 × 84||79.5×80.5||83x90.4|
|Max. power (HP @ rpm)||140 @ 5000||120 @ 3750 rpm||140 @ 4000 rpm|
|Max. torque (Nm) @ rpm||230 @ 1750||320 @1750 rpm||350 @1750 rpm|
|Supply||Turbo Petrol, MPI||Turbo Diesel MultiJet II||Turbo Diesel MulitJet II|
|Timing||SOHC 16V||DOHC 16V||DOHC 16V|
|Timing Control||Belt||Toothed Belt||Toothed Belt|
|Tappet Control||MultiAir II Hydraulic||Hydraulically operated||Hydraulically operated|
|Battery capacity (Ah)||63||72||72|
|Transmission||C635 Manual||C635 Manual||948TE Auto|
|Final drive ratio||4.438||3.833||4.334|
|16" tyre size||215/60 R16||215/60 R16||215/60 R16|
|17" tyre size||215/55 R17||215/55 R17||215/55 R17|
|18" tyre size||225/45 R18||225/45 R18||225/45 R18|
|Steering box||Rack and pinion with Dual Drive Electric Power Steering|
|Wall-to-wall turning circle (m)||11.05||11.05||11.05|
|Kerb-to-kerb turning circle (m)||11.50||11.50||11.50|
|SUSPENSIONS AND BRAKES|
|Ventilating Front Disc Ø (mm)||281 x 26||281 x 26||305 x 28|
|Solid Rear Discs Ø (mm)||278 x 12||278 x 12||278 x 12|
|CAPACITIES AND WEIGHTS|
|Fuel tank (litres)||48||48||48|
|Boot capacity (Litres)|
- rear seat in place + tyre kit
- rear seat folded + tyre kit
- rear seat in place + spare wheel
- rear seat folded +spare wheel
|Kerb weight (kg)||1320||1320||1495|
|Max. towable weight (kg) braked||1200||1200||1200|
|Max. towable weight (kg) non-braked||600||600||600|
|Top speed (MPH / km/h)||118 / 190||116 / 186||118 / 190|
|Acceleration: 0-62 MPH (s)||9.8||10.5||9.8|
|CONSUMPTION AND EMISSIONS|
|Urban cycle (MPG / L/100 km)||36.2 / 7.8||60.1 / 4.7||43.5 / 6.5|
|Extra-urban cycle (MPG / L/100 km)||56.5 / 5.0||74.3 / 3.8||57.6 / 4.9|
|Combined cycle (MPG / L/100 km)||47.1 / 6.0||68.9 / 4.1||51.4 / 5.5|
|CO2 emissions (g/km)||139||109||144|