SEP 00] PEUGEOT NEWS
Strike Threat Lifted At Ryton Plant - At Last
Workers at Peugeot have voted not to strike
in a ballot. The 3,000 staff accepted the latest offer from
management over working hours, finally lifting the strike threat
at the Ryton plant.
After successive ballots seeing a move
towards workers accepting the revised offers, the latest ballot
saw 60 per cent vote for a deal worked out last week between
union leaders and management.
The previous deal saw a majority of just 31
as workers reject the proposals. They were revised again and
workers voted over the weekend.
In the latest deal, the number of Fridays to
be worked was cut back to nine per year for weekday staff, plus
revised pay for weekend workers who would be compelled to work
Workers were sent ballot forms on Friday and
the deadline for replies was noon today. Unions said this
60 per cent of the workers have accepted the latest deal.
That should end industrial action at Ryton in
the argument over working hours that stretches back nearly 11
Workers on the 206 model took part in three
strikes ahead of the summer shutdown.
Further stoppages came
from management halting the production line to explain the last
two deals to workers.
Just as this dispute has finally been settled
it seems workers across the city at Jaguar are set to go down a
similar route and want talks on working hours at their plants.