THE HALF-DAY strike scheduled for Thursday of this week at Peugeot in Coventry has been suspended following a meeting of the TGWU side of the negotiating team.
They decided to ditch the strike after the AEEU convenor and stewards indicated that they were prepared to cross TGWU picket lines. Instead a meeting with the company has been set up on Tuesday of next week to clarify how flexible holidays will work in a mass assembly production environment.
The pay and conditions agreement ran out on 1 January. Since then a settlement has been delayed by the leadership's reluctance to call industrial action. The latest debacle can only harden the company's attitude. It has recorded an 80 percent increase in profits and is using the unions' weakness to bring in "flexible holidays".
Yet it has refused to give guarantees that we can take even a two-week break. The Tuesday meeting will be followed by mass meetings. Only strike action will force the greedy Peugeot bosses to back down.
- PEUGEOT WORKER
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