Au Revoir Peugeot!

It looks like Peugeot is going the way of Rover last year, and Jaguar the year before that… well, not exactly the same way, since Peugeot isn’t going completely bust, but they have said they’re shutting down the production line in Coventry next year, claiming that keeping the plant open is financially unfeasible…

What a slap in the face! Ok, perhaps the closure was inevitable, but to do it in such a manner, giving the (>2000) employees the bare minimum (legal) notice, is quite harsh.

While having a dig around for news about this, I came across a transcript from the House of Commons questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Mr. Stephen Byers), dated March 30th, 2000. Of particular note are the sections entitled “Car Manufacturing (West Midlands)” and (closely followed by) “Redundancy”… apparently, a mere two weeks prior to this meeting, the Secretary of State said he believed that Longbridge (the Rover plant) had a “viable long-term future” and that the Peugeot plant is (at the time) “enjoying record production and record exports, showing that some car firms in the UK are highly successful”.

I guess it just goes to show how much can change in a few years, eh?

2 Comments so far

  1. Patrick EMIN (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 12:01 pm

    2,300 workers of the French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen plant in central England suddenly realized what flexibility in our competitive business world meant when they learnt they will be sacked, being not as competitive as could be some other european countries workers. Unions vowed not only to fight to get Peugeot to reverse its decision but also promised to take on the government over labour laws which they said made it easier and cheaper to sack workers in Britain.
    “This wouldn’t be allowed to happen in France and other parts of Europe where employment legislation is so much stronger than here in the UK,” Roger Maddison from the Amicus union said.
    Well, indeed, french people who just forced their government to abandon the new CPE legislation making sacking employees much easier could’nt say better than that… Apparently, the British government is extremely disappointed with the news. Should’nt it be on the contrary extremely happy to see market driven decisions so logicaly applied in a competitive world when one must be flexible? Or does it realise that legislation to ease sacking workers has some annoying effects?

  2. GaZ (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 4:16 pm

    I can’t see the government of this country being happy at such business being moved elsewhere, nor do I think this was a result of new legislation. And which legislation are you referring to? I thought the recent one in France that was causing such an uproar only concerned young workers (under the age of 26)?

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