JUL 00] PEUGEOT NEWS
Peugeot Strike On Hold
halt has been called to strike action at Peugeot’s Ryton plant
– for yet more talks.
staff heading into their summer shutdown and at the end of two
days of strike action, few expected them to come back to work on
wafer-thin ballot result meant they would be heading into an
all-out stoppage and management were going to issue the new
the new contracts allow for a shorter working week, the new deal
also means extra Friday-night shifts for weekday workers and
Monday shifts for weekend staff.
the company is going to hold off issuing the new contracts for
three weeks and more talks will take place. That means work
should begin again in three weeks.
to the announcement that agreement has been reached with Peugeot
to suspend further industrial action, AEEU chief negotiator in
the Motor Industry, Duncan Simpson, said:
agreeing to suspend the imposition of new contracts Peugeot
have avoided further industrial action. We can now suspend our
have agreed to delay for three weeks the revised contracts
they were planning to impose from 21 August. When workers
return from the holiday break they will still be working under
their existing contracts.
talks will resume after 21 August with a view to reaching
agreement on a shorter working week.
are still some tough negotiations ahead but given the correct
spirit and intent from both sides we are optimistic that a
deal can be done. This is a positive development for the Ryton
were stoppages on Thursday and Sunday, both estimated to have
lost the plant £6 million each day.