AUG 00] PEUGEOT NEWS
More Talks As Work Resumes At Ryton
beginning this afternoon between management and unions at
Peugeot, now that the summer shutdown is over.
workers are returning to duty after a three-week closedown.
According to a strike ballot, they should have been heading
straight into indefinite action from today.
But the bosses
have put off bringing in the new contracts with its
controversial extra Friday nights for weekday staff and
compulsory Mondays for weekend workers.
More money was
offered and the number of mandatory shifts was reduced, but the
company needs more flexibility because of the popularity of the
206 model made at Ryton.
It brought the
latest ballot vote almost to a dead heat, but for the third
consecutive ballot members of the MSF and the AEEU agreed they
would still rather strike than sign, despite union leaders
lobbying for acceptance.
Both sides say
it is too early to comment in detail, but hope the talks
starting today can end the deadlock once and for all.
Staff took part
in walkouts in the final days in the run-up to the summer
shutdown, but today’s all-out stoppage was put on hold at the