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Unions take Jaguar fight to Paris show

A delegation of workers from Jaguar's threatened Browns Lane plant in Coventry will join local MPs to lobby Ford tomorrow at the launch of the new Ford Focus at the Paris Motor Show.

The Transport and General Workers Union and Amicus are campaigning against the closure of Browns Lane and the loss of 1,150 jobs across Jaguar, announced by Ford on Friday.

The unions say that members are "paying with their jobs for the mismanagement of Jaguar", despite Browns Lane being one of the most productive plant in the Ford group worldwide. Union members at Browns Lane voted yesterday to back a ballot for industrial action to save the plant.

Derek Simpson, Amicus general secretary, said:"We will take our fight wherever and do whatever it takes to get Ford to reverse their decision. Browns Lane is among the most productive and highest quality car plants in the Ford group and our members there do not deserve to lose their jobs."

MPs Bob Ainsworth (Coventry North East) and Jim Cunningham (Coventry South) will be accompanying the delegation.

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