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Rover Longbridge

Issue No. 1791

'IT'S FLEXIBLE working for the company, not for us. People are so fed up with it,' said an MG Rover worker in Longbridge, Birmingham. Workers in the plant are voting this week in a ballot for action over pay and flexible working.

There are over 7,000 workers in Longbridge. They are angry that since the threat of closure two years ago was lifted they have been forced to work longer and harder.

'We've been working our butts off with this flexibility. The company says it should be in profit by December. Well, that's down to us, and we want rewards. We hoped when Towers took over he would get rid of the flexible working BMW introduced, but he hasn't. We are laid off when the company isn't selling cars. Those hours are 'banked', and the company pick when they want us to pay those hours back. They have also speeded up the track and cut ten minutes from the dinner break.'

Workers have already voted to reject the 2.5 percent pay and conditions deal twice despite the unions' recommendation. Now they are balloting over action including a strike. The result will be out next week.

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Sat 16 Mar 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1791
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