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[14 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.

Negotiations have continued to block the strike where 3,000 people are employed on the 206 model.

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 work.
    

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