Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Strike one and you're out

Via the commendably pithy Right For Scotland, these loons haven't got a prayer.
Unions have said they are considering industrial action over the news that 2,300 workers will lose their jobs when a Warwickshire car plant closes.

It follows the announcement that the Peugeot plant at Ryton, near Coventry, will close by mid-2007.

A union spokesman said industrial action may not be taken straight away, but they will fight the decision.

Well, good luck. Naturally, making trouble is definitely going to cause Peugot not to close the plant any earlier than currently scheduled, eh?
Peugeot has blamed high production and logistical costs for the decision. Work has halted while staff attend meetings.

And thus Peugot are going to lose more money which will definitely help the cause of the workers...
Questioned about how they might fight the company, Des Quinn, of the T&G, said it did not have to be through strikes.

"We are looking initially at a social and political campaign, which might involve disruption to car sales or Peugeot's operations," he said.

I see: causing Peugot to lose sales and therefore money is definitely going to... Oh, I can't be bothered. You know.
He added that they had received support from workers in France.

Well, of course they have; in job-for-life France, there is nothing workers like doing more than doing tools and taking a few days off rigourously campaigning for more money than they deserve a 10 hour week a man to wipe the workers' arses in the toilets fairer working conditions. You watch, the French will probably come out in sympathy strike.
Communications director John Goodman said he realised it was a difficult time for staff and that employees had brought about tremendous productivity improvements.

"Unfortunately that just doesn't change the economics of the situation because the situation is that Ryton is the most expensive manufacturing plant in Europe," he said.

Mr Goodman added that every car produced there cost 415 euros (£286) more than anywhere else in Europe.

Gosh, I wonder why that could be? Although, I imagine that the 1% hike in NICs wouldn't have helped much. So, how are the architects of this situation taking it?
In the House of Commons the prime minister expressed sadness and sympathy for the workers set to lose their jobs.

Tony Blair said such job losses were "inevitable" from time to time and were the result of global pressures, not the British position, which remained healthy.

Ah, "sadness and sympathy". Well, that will help.

Wake up, Toni, you fuckwit! Fucking smell the sodding coffee! You and your cocking one-eyed cunt of a Chancellor have done this!
Tory leader David Cameron said the closure was a "desperate blow" that was a symptom of a loss of economic competitiveness under Labour.

Good to see Spam saying something sensible, just for once: I will that he'd do so more often.

Somewhat surprisingly, it is the workers who come out well here.
One Peugeot employee of 17 years, who attended Wednesday's meeting, said he did not think workers would support a strike.

He said union members laughed when leaders said they were proposing industrial action.

"It was a very boisterous meeting and fairly defeatist too.

"Why cut our own throats? The company has made the decision and it is going to close," he said.

Very sensible.
He added he would like to see the unions fight for the best deal for the workers.

Which strike action is not going to achieve in any way.

Remind me what unions are for again? Other than playing power politics (and usually losing)...

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