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Massey Ferguson

Issue No. 1816

WORKERS AT the Massey Ferguson tractor plant in Coventry have voted by four to one in favour of strike action to stop the closure of the plant. Members of both trade unions at the plant, the TGWU and Amicus-AEEU, have voted by four to one in favour of action.

They are furious at the deciion by US company Agco, the plant's owner, to shut it. Around 1,000 jobs will be lost if the plant closes. Workers will lose out on some of their pension entitlement. Workers have rejected the company's proposed redundancy package. One TGWU official said, 'The strength of the vote in favour reflects the depth of anger that members feel.

'They feel let down by a company many have given their working lives to. This factory is their livelihood. Agco should be in no doubt that members are prepared to take strike action to protect their jobs and income.'

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Sat 7 Sep 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1816
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