Aston Martin workers vote on strike action

Staff
at car manufacturer Aston Martin are voting on whether to strike over working
practices.

Transport
and General Workers Union (T&G) members at the company have been asked to
accept flexible working arrangements, which include working extra hours during
busy periods and at weekends.

T&G
official John Street said: "They make top class luxury cars, but it will
take nearly 10 years to earn enough for one of the workers to buy one.

"The
real issue is the demand for total flexible working. Insisting that people work
eight hours on a Saturday or extra hours during the week at busy periods has
caused real feelings of anger when they earn less and work more than other
workers in companies like Jaguar and Land Rover."

The
company employs around 1,000 workers and makes 1,500 cars a year.

By Quentin Reade

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