Ryton Workers Condemn Hodge

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Workers from the Ryton factory joined French Peugeot workers to lobby the company shareholders’ AGM in Paris last month
Workers from the Ryton factory joined French Peugeot workers to lobby the company shareholders’ AGM in Paris last month

COMMENTS in Parliament by Labour minister Margaret Hodge and Labour MP Brian Donohoe, which were critical of the unions’ call for car buyers not to buy Peugeot-Citroën models, have redoubled the determination of Peugeot workers to move the campaign forward.

A group from the threatened car plant at Ryton in Coventry will be hitting the streets again this Friday to demonstrate outside a prestigious dealership in the city – Beechwood Motors on Kenpas Highway. 

This is the latest in a string of high profile demonstrations by workers whose aim is only to force the company to recognise their lawful right and sit down and negotiate possible alternatives to the complete closure of the Ryton plant.

Jim O’ Boyle, T&G Convenor for the plant, said the protests could be halted if Peugeot-Citroën came to the negotiating table.

‘What I fail to understand is the company’s determination to deny their employees the right to proper consultation and to remain in complete denial about the fact that they have broken the law. 

‘All that we ask as Trades Unions is they acknowledge this and sit down and discuss these matters seriously with us,’ he said.

‘If they do that, these demonstrations will be stopped. We have no interest in seeking conflict with PSA Peugeot-Citroën but equally we have no interest in just walking away and letting the company get away scot-free by exporting our members’ jobs to Eastern Europe.

‘The ball is in their court. Let them respond.’