SEP 00] PEUGEOT NEWS
Peugeot Workers Vote On Revised Deal
go out today in the latest stage of the unrest of Peugeotís
Ryton plant in a dispute over working hours.
Staff have been
given a revised package with fewer compulsory Friday nights and
better pay for weekend workers.
stopped the production track for two of the daytime shifts on
Thursday and will talk to weekend workers later today to explain
the deal, and urge them to accept.
have rejected previous deals, and management pulled off issuing
new contracts after a strike.
until Wednesday lunchtime to return their ballot papers - and
the result is expected later that afternoon.
shown they are prepared to strike, rather than accept new
contracts, which have a reduced number of hours for weekday
But they could
be compelled to work nine Friday nights per year. That number
has fallen with each offer from management. It started at 20.
shift workers would get new permanent contracts, but would have
to reckon on compulsory Monday working on top of their Friday,
Saturday and Sunday shifts.
There are also
changes to tea-breaks and holidays, but these issues have proved
less contentious than the additional compulsory hours.
The last strike
result saw workers reject that deal by a tiny margin with 1,270
voting for strike action, only 31 fewer has voted to accept the
Each of the
three shifts took industrial action, with a potential loss of £6
million production per shift.
leaders and management are again backing this deal. Union
leaders have also backed the previous deals, but their members
chose not to follow that advice.
revised working hours started nearly a year ago.