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JCB pay-deal signals market improvement

Industrial vehicles manufacturer JCB has agreed a pay rise with shop-floor staff after a slight improvement in the market.

GMB union staff in 11 UK sites (Including Rocester, Wrexham, Cheadle, Uttoxeter, Rugeley and Foston Derbyshire) voted to accept what the company has called a historic 3% pay rise, which will come into force on July 1 and cover the next three and a half years, with yearly pay reviews linked to inflation rates.

The agreement comes after the company re-introduced overtime work for employees and began recruiting another 200 staff following tentative signs of improvement in the global market.

CEO Alan Blake said: There has been a slight improvement in some markets which has led to some increased demand for JCBs products and while we cant say at the moment if this situation will be sustained, we are pleased to be offering overtime and recruiting again.

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