Peugeot workers call fresh strike

Workers at car giant Peugeot are to stage a fresh strike in a dispute over pay.

The walkout by thousands of employees at the company's plant at Ryton, Coventry will hit production between March 7 and 10.

Officials of the Transport and General Workers Union and Amicus decided to call the strike following a stoppage last week which cost the firm millions of pounds in lost production.

The unions said workers will strike for one shift, but spread over a long weekend, starting on Friday March 7 and finishing on the afternoon of Monday March 10.

The company has said it will not be reopening negotiations on its offer of a 7.3% pay rise over two years despite the action.

The unions also called for a meeting with Jean Martin Folz, chairman of parent firm PSA Peugeot Citroen, to discuss the dispute.

Amicus national officer Duncan Simpson said: "We are calling for a meeting with Mr Folz because he needs to know why we are striking.

"He is the power broker in the company and can come to an agreement with us to get the company back on track."

The walkout last week halted production of 1,200 Peugeot 206 models and affected two smaller plants in Coventry as well as the main Ryton factory.

Peugeot has described the offer as "fair, reasonable, competitive and sustainable" and warned that a strike would be "seriously detrimental" to employment prospects.