AUG 00] PEUGEOT NEWS
Less Weekend Work in New Peugeot Deal
A new deal to
avert strike action at Peugeot’s Ryton plant has been thrashed
out between unions and management.
until 10.30pm last night and the latest deal will be put to
workers in a ballot, with papers going out in seven days.
night shifts for weekday staff and additional Mondays for
weekend workers were the major sticking point in the disputes.
The number of
compulsory Fridays will be brought down to nine per year - it
was 15 and 20 under previous deals - and weekend staff will have
to work every third Monday.
10 months ago and there have already been three ballots, each
one progressively seeing the staff more receptive to the latest
deal. But all three were still rejected by workers who preferred
strike action to signing new contracts.
The company is
also set to give a bonus £100 ‘goodwill gesture’ if this
deal is accepted. It will be valid until the end of 2001.
to work this Monday after a three-week summer shutdown.
Management pulled back from introducing new contracts that day
to allow talks to start again.
started on Monday, but were adjourned to yesterday, when the
latest deal was put together and was only finalised 12 hours
hope we have answered all the unions queries and hope we get a
positive response this time.
be a 17 per cent pay increase for staff - it is not as if
anyone is asking them to work extra hours for nothing.
that workers will accept this deal and the £100 payment is
there as a goodwill gesture from the company.”
go out next Thursday (31 August) and have to be back by 6
September. The company has not set a date for the introduction
of the new contracts, saying they are ‘in abeyance’ until
the ballot result is known.
The new deal
will cover a 16-month period. It also includes the
reintroduction of the ‘Week 46’ agreement.
workers have had a week off in October which the company wanted
to convert to an extra week’s holiday to be taken by workers
when they wished.
The unions said
staff would rather keep the fixed week off in Autumn, and that
has been reinstated under the new deal. There have also been
some minor changes to tea-breaks.
The 900 weekend
workers on 'C' shift will have to work Mondays compulsorily, and
they would be offered new full-time contracts for the first