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Ryton workers back on the streets to protest Ryton closure

Workers from Peugeot’s Ryton plant will be protesting on Saturday at the closure of the plant.

Leaflets will be handed out and petitions signed at the Bull Yard in Coventry city centre, with workers urging the public to support Coventry car workers and the manufacturing sector.

T&G union convenor Jim O'Boyle said: “Not satisfied with sacking their employees, Peugeot Citroën announced yesterday the early closure of their profitable Ryton plant. In an act of cynical callousness, the company have backtracked on their previously stated public position of maintaining production at the plant until mid 2007,” he said.

“The company is unrepentant and is quite openly saying it is not sacking workers - they were just merely helping them to find alternative employment.”

PSA said yesterday Ryton will close in January instead of the summer of 2007 because of the increasing number of workers leaving the firm to find work elsewhere.

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