PEUGEOT CAR workers in Coventry, members of the TGWU union, have narrowly voted for strike action against a wages and conditions package. National TGWU union officer Tony Woodley has indicated that the strike threat will go ahead, even though workers in the AEEU union have voted to accept the company's offer.
Unions were to decide this week on whether they would call action. A ballot showed an overall majority for action of all workers of just one vote-1,176 to 1,175.
TGWU members voted by a majority of 34 (865 to 831) for strikes, with the AEEU voting by a majority of 33 (311 to 344) to accept. Workers showed their readiness to take the company on by voting by 82 percent to reject the proposals at the beginning of March. But union leaders have helped to waste that feeling by deliberately dragging out the ballot process.
Peugeot has offered a two-year pay deal with 4.3 percent in the first year, and inflation plus 0.7 percent in the second year. It also wants to establish a framework that would give it control over when workers take their holidays.
- PEUGEOT WORKER