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Make Jaguar demonstration a focus for city’s anger over attacks on jobs

by Clive Dixon, Jaguar Browns Lane worker
Issue No. 1927

THE TGWU, Amicus and GMB unions have called a march and rally to save Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory in Coventry.

The parent company, Ford, has announced that production of the XJ and XK models will be transferred to Castle Bromwich in Birmingham next July. This will result in the loss of 1,100 direct jobs in Coventry and many more at suppliers.

It raises questions over the future of the design centre at Whitley, Coventry, as well as Castle Bromwich and Halewood in Merseyside.

Ford had promised trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt in February this year that the sites were safe.

Tony Woodley, general secretary of the TGWU, has denounced Ford for breaking agreements with the unions, and called for a line to be drawn in the sand.

The unions are demanding no more plant closures, and preparing to fight to defend manufacturing and Ford jobs in Britain.

The Dagenham and Bridgend engine plants supply to most of the Ford sites in Europe, giving the unions immense power in negotiations. This must be utilised.

The Browns Lane workforce are being addressed section by section in preparation for a ballot for industrial action.

A huge demonstration in Coventry will be a great boost to escalating this dispute.

Assemble Saturday 27 November, 10am, Millennium Square, Hale Street, Coventry (near bus station). Rally at Speakers Corner, Little Park Street.

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Sat 13 Nov 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1927
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