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Ryton workers to take to the streets

Workers from the threatened Ryton plant will protest the closure of the PSA Peugeot Citroen plant this weekend.

They will be gathering first on Friday at the Darwin Motors Peugeot dealership, in Holbrooks, Coventry, at midday and the following day at 1pm at the May Day rally at Carrs Lane Church Cenre, in Birmingham.

Organisers, the Transport & General Workers’ Union said leaflets will be handed out on Friday and Saturday which make the case for Ryton as a profitable and productive plant. The public will be urged to write to the Peugeot chief executive Jean-Martin Folz to protest at the company’s intended closure.

They will also be encouraged to lobby the local Coventry MPs as well as the Secretary of State Alan Johnson.

The T&G’s top official at the plant, Jim O’Boyle, will address the Birmingham May Day rally where the leaflets will also be handed out. “Peugeot’s current and potential customers need to know they are buying tarnished goods,” said Des Quinn, T&G regional industrial organiser. “They are tarnished by the betrayal of Coventry workers.”

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