Tractor workers set for action over plant closure

Transport
and General Workers’ Union members at the Massey Ferguson tractor plant have
voted in favour of industrial action, by a margin of four votes to one.

Union
members are angry at Agco’s decision to close the Coventry-based plant, which
will result in around 1000 job losses.

Workers
at Massey Ferguson have rejected the proposed redundancy package, and further
talks with the company have been scheduled for 2 September.

The
T&G said it will now consult with members on the form and timing of any
industrial action.

Peter
Booth, T&G National Organiser said: "The strength of the vote in
favour reflects the depth of anger that members feel over Agco’s decision to
close the Coventry plant. They feel let down by a company many have given their
working lives to. This factory is their livelihood.

"We
will now consult with the members on what form the action will take. Agco
should be in no doubt that members are prepared to take strike action to
protect their jobs and their income."

By Quentin Reade

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