THE TGWU union has called a half-day strike for Thursday of next week in response to Peugeot's wages and conditions package. This follows a ballot that produced a majority of just one for action. Some 1,696 TGWU members voted, with a majority of 34 for action, while 655 AEEU members rejected action by a majority of 33.
The AEEU has indicated that its members will respect picket lines. The result shows that many members are losing patience with the leadership, who called the action five months after our last agreement ran out. The two-year package offers 4.3 percent in the first year and inflation plus 0.7 percent for the second.
Peugeot bosses increased their profits that year by 80 percent and gave themselves an 82 percent increase in share dividend payouts. They also want "flexible holidays"-the right to vary our holidays when it suits them-and other concessions. Despite the lack of leadership the strike gives us the opportunity to show our greedy Peugeot bosses that they can stuff their package.
- Peugeot worker in Coventry
Rage campaign in Birmingham
PROTESTERS in RAGE-the Residents' Action Group for the Elderly-brought traffic to a standstill in Erdington, Birmingham, last Saturday