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Issue No. 1922

THE FIGHT to save jobs at Jaguar’s Browns Lane plant in Coventry is in danger of being thrown away before it starts.

The unions met with a number of ministers, including John Prescott, at the Labour Party conference last week.

But they have yet to organise any campaign among the workforce.

Clive Dixon, the branch chair of the white collar section of the TGWU union in Browns Lane, says, “Around a dozen people attended a meeting for all Jaguar reps on Friday of last week.

“TGWU official Dave Osborne spoke about how helpful Blair and Brown were being.

“I argued that it was all very well having the political pressure on Labour, but we have to campaign among the workforce.

“We need to have a rally and a representative stewards’ meeting. And we must set a date for a demonstration in Coventry so that the workforce and people who support our campaign can have a focus.

“This can help build the confidence of workers to fight the job cuts.

“Without self activity the mood in the workplace could dissipate.

“We also have to open up the meetings to a city-wide support group and allow people to come in, to debate and to make suggestions.

“The unions are bringing out a petition. There is genuine support for Jaguar workers. We have to strike while the iron’s hot.”

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Sat 9 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1922
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