October 13, 2006 11:45 ET

Workers more determined following Peugeot closure announcement

COVENTRY AND LEAMINGTON SPA, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 13, 2006) - Peugeot workers will again be taking the campaign to save their jobs to shopping centres in Coventry and Leamington tomorrow (Saturday 14 October).

The workers are even more determined to continue with the campaign following Peugeot's callous decision this week 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.

Members will be handing out leaflets which explain to the general public why the plant should stay open and also they will be asked to support the union's call on the government to provide better employment protection to UK workers by signing a petition.

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, only two weeks ago, that production at the plant was secure until mid 2007.

"We 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 the following shopping centres:

Leamington from 9am to 12noon
Coventry City Centre from 11am

Notes to editors:

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

Contact Information

  • Amicus Press Office
    Martin Scanlon
    020 7420 8934
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