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Car workers

Issue No. 1731

Workers at the Cowley BMW plant have defied both unions and management, and voted to reject the company's pay and conditions offer. Unions were recommending that workers at the plant accept the two-year deal that involves performance related pay and a cut in workers' break times of eight minutes a shift.

The plant is to build the new revamped Mini. But the car is not yet being produced and union officials argued that workers could not take the company on now as a result. Despite this workers voted by 769 to 723 to reject the deal. Shop stewards were to meet this week to discuss what to do next.

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Sat 20 Jan 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1731
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