November 03, 2006 10:11 ET

Workers continue campaign following Peugeot closure announcement

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 03, 2006) - Peugeot workers and trade union officials will again be taking the campaign to save their jobs to central Birmingham tomorrow (Saturday 4th November)

The workers are even more determined to continue with the campaign following Peugeot's recent callous decision to bring forward the closure of the Ryton plant.

The remaining workforce had been led to believe by the company that there would be a phased shutdown which would provide employment until mid 2007. However the company has announced that the site will close in January 2007. Peugeot management gave assurances that rumours of an early closure were untrue.

The company's decision to close its plant at Ryton and shift production to Slovakia will result in the loss of 2,300 jobs. The union has funded a million pound poster and advertising campaign encouraging people not to buy Peugeot Citroen and to warn other companies to think again before doing the same.

The protest will also be highlighting the continued loss of skilled jobs from the UK and the public will asked to support the Amicus campaign for better employment protection for UK workers by signing a petition which will be presented to Government.

Amicus Regional Secretary, Terry Pye, said:

"Peugeot have behaved disgracefully by announcing the early closure of the Ryton plant and it shows the company's contempt for a loyal and productive workforce. It is a callous and cynical act after telling the remaining workforce that production at the plant was secure until mid 2007.

"We are appalled at the continued loss of skilled well paid jobs and are asking the public to support us in our campaign to support UK workers and they can do that by signing our petition and lobbying their MP.

"We need to get the message out to the public that it may be Peugeot now but their jobs could be next."

Members and officers of the union will be available for interview and photographs at:
Birmingham High Street, opposite Marks & Spencer, between 9am and 4pm.


Notes to editors:

1.The UK is the third largest market for Peugeot Citroen 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

4.Amicus are supporting Billy Bragg's 'Hope Not Hate' tour and will have a stall at his concert at Birmingham Carling Academy on 13th December where Billy's fans can sign the Amicus petition.

Contact Information

  • Amicus Press Office
    Martin Scanlon
    020 7420 8934
    07764 6555751
    Amicus Regional Secretary
    Terry Pye
    07768 931280