AN OVERALL majority of 53 percent of Peugeot car workers have voted in favour of strike action. They have rejected a management pay offer worth 7.3 percent over two years. Members of both the majority TGWU and Amicus unions recorded almost identical majorities.
Leaders of the unions have planned a series of one-day strikes to back up the claim. However, the negotiating committee have delayed their meeting to fix the dates for the action and give notice to the company. They are not due to meet until 31 January.
Many workers believe that this is playing into Peugeot's hands. One TGWU worker said, 'Before Christmas they could not make enough cars for Europe. Now they have given notice of planned lay-off days over the next two months. They are using the delay to soften us up.'
Meanwhile workers in the smaller parts plant have launched a 100 percent successful mass overtime ban to apply pressure. The company have complained that it has cost them £1.4 million for every weekend of lost production.