Jaguar Land Rover Agrees Pay Raise

LONDON (AP) -- Carmaker Jaguar Land Rover says it has agreed to a 5 percent pay rise for its workers and has shelved plans to close one of its three factories in England.

The company, now part of India's Tata Motors, said Friday that sales have increased and it expects to hire more workers next year at the Halewood plant.

The pay deal calls for a 5 percent increase next month and a minimum of 3 percent in November next year.

Tata says Land Rover sales were up 19 percent in September compared to a year ago, and Jaguar was up 10 percent.

Because of the sales boost, Jaguar Land Rover says it has dropped previously announced plans to close either its Castle Bromwich or Solihull factories.
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