MG Rover workers vote against strike

MG
Rover workers have voted not to take industrial action in a dispute over pay
and hours.

Members
of the Amicus union voted by 85 per cent against strikes, while TGWU members
rejected action by three to one.

The
company offered a 2.5 per cent pay rise, and union leaders say the vote has
averted a possible ‘catastrophe’ at the Longbridge-based firm.

Sir
Ken Jackson, general secretary of Amicus, said: "Common sense has
prevailed. Strike action would have been a catastrophe for the company.

"We
now have to go back to MG Rover to resolve the problems and make sure the company
has a long-term future."

There
has also been conflict over the introduction of flexible working hours.

By Quentin Reade

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