Peugeot car workers ballot for strike action

Ballot papers are being sent out to Peugeot workers today as unions step up the call for industrial action.

Managers at the Ryton plant, near Coventry, met with union representatives for talks on Thursday.

Transport and General Workers Union convenor Jim O’Boyle said bosses had made it clear the plant will close, with the loss of 2,300 jobs. Unions had hoped to keep one shift running.

If staff at Ryton went on strike for a day, a week or even a month, it would not make much difference to the managers, he continued.

But if they were joined by their European colleagues for a European day of action, it would make the company take notice.

Workers are also keeping up pressure on Peugeot car dealerships. Staff will protest outside various dealerships over the weekend.

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