JUL 00] PEUGEOT NEWS
New Ballot Could Avert Peugeot Strike Threat
Hopes are rising that
the planned strike at Peugeotís Ryton plant could be averted.
A new deal to cut the
number of compulsory Friday nights for weekday staff and Mondays for
weekend staff has been offered by management.
These were the main
sticking points that caused the shop floor workers to reject the deal
brokered by union leaders and management in a ballot. Staff feared
they could end up working 46-hour weeks.
The TGWU union is to
re-ballot its members - ahead of two planned strikes later this month
and a potential all out stoppage from August 21.
Union leaders and
management were shocked by a vote last week where 58 per cent of staff
wanted to reject the new contracts and take strike action.
Peugeot has said it
still intends to issue the new contracts.
continued to block the strike where 3,000 people are employed on the
Ryton has been in the
running to take on a new model in 2002, but there are fears that
industrial unrest could mean another plant is more likely to get the