Union puts forward plan to save tractor plant jobs

The
Transport and General Workers’ Union says 1,000 jobs at a Coventry tractor
plant can be saved.

T&G
national organiser for manufacturing at the plant, Peter Booth, said an
alternative business plan has been put forward which he believes makes a clear
the case for keeping the plant open.

"Given
the company’s full order book, a world class product and world class employees,
our case is that there is a very positive future for this company," he
said.

"The
plant is now shut for three weeks, but we have stated our aim of seeking management’s
response to the plan as soon as they reconvene on 19 August.

He
said it has been made clear to senior management at AgCo, the company who owns
the former Massey Ferguson plant, that the union strongly reject the case for
closure.

By Quentin Reade

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