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Ryton workers to vote on Peugeot holiday offer

Workers at Peugeot's Ryton plant are to hold a second strike vote on the company's revised pay and holiday offer.

Members of the Transport and General Workers Union (T&GWU) are to vote on an offer from Peugeot guaranteeing that workers can take a two week break during an eight week period in the summer, coinciding with local school holidays.

T&GWU members had narrowly voted in favour of industrial action over a new pay deal that they felt threatened an end to the traditional three-week summer plant shutdown.

Tony Woodley, union chief negotiator, said: "The issue of not having fixed holidays is so contentious we must make absolutely certain our members know what they are voting on for this year, next year and the year after. If it is the case that they reject the new position from the company, we will support them and enact the decision to strike."

A ballot will take place after workers have been informed of the new offer.

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