British workers urge boycott of French cars

9th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, June 8, 2006 (AFP) - Two of Britain's largest trade unions on Thursday launched a campaign urging a boycott of Peugeot and Citroen cars because of the company's decision to close its British factory.

LONDON, June 8, 2006 (AFP) - Two of Britain's largest trade unions on Thursday launched a campaign urging a boycott of Peugeot and Citroen cars because of the company's decision to close its British factory.

The Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) and Amicus will place advertisements in national, regional and trade newspapers, plus display posters on hoardings across Britain, to encourage people not to buy either Peugeot or Citroen models.

French-owned PSA Peugeot announced last April that its factory at Ryton, near Coventry, west central England, would shut in 2007 with the loss of 2,300 jobs. Workers there voted against strike action on Monday.

TGWU general-secretary Tony Woodley said Peugeot was motivated by "sheer greed" in its decision to switch production to cheaper factories in eastern and central Europe.

He warned there would be "painful consequences" if it failed to come back to the negotiating table and reconsider.

"If they refuse to talk, and our members who will still be working at the plant after the forthcoming redundancies wnat our support, we will fund a campaign to make the public aware of this corporate betrayal," he said.

"And if it hits Peugeot in the wallet, so be it."

His counterpart at Amicus, Derek Simpson, said they were prepared to take similar action against other foreign companies that are prepared to close "profitable and productive" plants and lay off "loyal, skilled and hard-working employees".

"We need to draw a line in the sand and say to companies that behave in this way that there will be consequences for their actions," he added.

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