Peugeot avoids strike threat with new talks

A THREATENED all-out strike at Peugeot’s Ryton plant has been suspended while management and workers try to reach a deal over Friday evening working.

After discussions, Peugeot bosses and the Amalgamated Engineering & Electrical Union have announced that talks on new working hours will resume after the Coventry site’s summer shutdown.

After a ballot earlier this year, the 3,000-strong workforce had planned to take indefinite strike action from August 21.

The factory – scheduled to produce 200,000 Peugeot 206s each year – was hit by one-day walkouts on July 27 and 30, which hit production of the car and raised concern that the manufacturer would take it elsewhere if such disruption continued.

Union leaders had recommended acceptance of a new arrangement which would have cut hours from 39 to 36.75 a week, but it was narrowly voted down because it would have meant more Friday evening shifts.

Duncan Simpson, AEEU chief negotiator said: `There are still some tough negotiations ahead, but given the correct spirit from both sides we are optimistic that a deal can be done.’

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