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Thursday, 15 August, 2002, 16:10 GMT 17:10 UK
Work changes bring 700 car jobs
Peugeot 206 sw
The Ryton site makes the Peugeot 206
Peugeot is to create 700 new jobs at its Coventry plant after workers voted three-to-one in favour of new shift patterns.

A fourth shift was proposed by the firm at the Ryton factory to expand production of the 206 model and to manufacture a new 206 estate.

For the fourth shift to be introduced, the workforce had to accept changes to shift patterns and work practices.

Sir Ken Jackson, leader of union Amicus, said: "This is great news for Coventry and should go a long way to securing a sustainable future for the plant in the decades ahead."


It will secure 700 jobs in an area of the country that has been hit heavily by manufacturing job losses

Roger Lyons, union leader

He said: "We hope that this vote, combined with the commitment and dedication of the workforce, will be given appropriate weight by the company when it decides on where it will source future models."

A spokesman for Peugeot said: "The company is very pleased at this result, which will be to the long-term benefit of the plant and its employees."

'Great news'

A spokesman for Peugeot said: "The company is very pleased at this result, which will be to the long-term benefit of the plant and its employees."

Roger Lyons, joint general secretary of the MSF section of Amicus, said: "This vote is great news for the workers at Peugeot.

"It will secure 700 jobs in an area of the country that has been hit heavily by manufacturing job losses.

"We look forward to working with Peugeot in the future to secure high-paid jobs for our members."

The factory currently employs about 3,000 workers.


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