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An open letter to Londoners from Peugeot-Citroen car workers

Londoners are being urged not to buy Peugeot and Citroen cars after the Transport and General Worker’s Union sent out an open letter to households around the capital.

Jim O’Boyle, T&G convenor for Peugeot’s Ryton Plant has sent out an open letter to convince Londoners to stop buying Peugeot and Citroen’s cars.

The letter is given in full below:

”If you are thinking of buying a car this summer – think of how Peugeot-Citroën has treated its workers in the UK so shamefully and let that influence your decision.

Londoners will know that Peugeot-Citroën in Coventry has decided to sack 2,300 workers and transfer their jobs and production to Slovakia in Eastern Europe. Well, the workers have a message - “We’re fighting back!” – and we’re bringing the campaign to London.

Sacking UK workers is the easy option for a multinational whose only concern is the pursuit of more profits. They don’t care what lives or communities they wreck in the process. It’s all about greed as they push labour costs ever lower to inflate profits to give higher returns for already wealthy shareholders.

Peugeot-Citroën’s Coventry factory is profitable. It has been for many years. The company says it would remain so if given the chance. Well, what’s wrong with giving UK workers that chance? If Londoners don’t buy the Peugeot or Citroën car you were planning, the French company will have to pay attention.

The trade unions have a viable plan to save Ryton but the company don’t want to talk about it.

Why? Is it because they’ll have to defend selling cars in the UK at inflated prices whilst paying poverty wages to Eastern European workers? Or is it because they cannot defend what is plain wrong.

We don’t want conflict with the company. We want a solution. If the company engage meaningfully with us to try and save jobs, our boycott campaign will cease. Londoners can play a part.”

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