November 08, 2006 07:01 ET

Peugeot workers encouraged by public support for campaign

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 8, 2006) - Peugeot workers and union officials will be in West Bromwich shopping precinct tomorrow (Thursday 9th November) following a hugely successful day of protest last Saturday in central Birmingham.

The workers will be calling on local people to join in the campaign to save their jobs and those of other UK workers by signing a petition which attracted 2,000 signatures at last Saturdays protest. These names have been added to the 5,000 strong list gathered from previous events across the West Midlands.

The call comes after Peugeot Citroën made the decision to close it's plant in Ryton, Coventry, which will result in the loss of 2,300 jobs. The protest is also highlighting the continued loss of skilled jobs from the UK and the petition calls on the government to provide better employment laws to protect UK workers.

In addition to stronger employment protection for UK workers Amicus is calling for the government to introduce a range of measures to protect and promote UK manufacturing. These measures include the appointment of a minister for manufacturing, an increase in government investment in research and development and to challenge the case made for corporate offshoring and outsourcing.

Amicus' Regional Secretary, Terry Pye said:

"The general public have been magnificent in showing their support for the Peugeot workers and workers across the UK. They can see that Peugeot is one of a long and ever growing list of companies exploiting weak UK employment laws by closing down and relocating abroad.

"These job losses have a devastating social and economic effect on families and communities and we hope that the government take on board our concerns and work with us to support UK jobs."

Members and officers of the union will be available for interview and photographs at West Bromwich shopping precinct between 10 am and 1 pm.


Notes to editors:

1. The UK is the third largest market for Peugeot Citroën selling 280,000 cars in 2005 and 105,000 to end of May 2006.

2. Between May 2004 and May 2006 there were 217,000 jobs lost in UK manufacturing (ONS Labour Market Trends)

3. Amicus has produced a detailed report 'The future of manufacturing' which can be downloaded from the Amicus website

Contact Information

  • Amicus press office
    Martin Scanlon
    020 7420 8934 or 07764 6555751
    Terry Pye
    Regional Secretary
    07768 931280