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UK:JAGUAR 'Show us your figures', unions tell Ford

JAGUAR 'Show us your figures', unions tell Ford

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THE T&G Union says it has yet to be presented with any convincing evidence that ending car production at Browns Lane, Coventry, will answer Ford's problems.

The comments come after unions met Jaguar management on Friday over the company's planned closure of car production at the Coventry site.

"Ford were much more forthcoming with information and it was a positive meeting but there are a number of questions that we await answers to," said national secretary, David Osborne.

Ford has refused to disclose to the unions its financial and business justifications for the decision to close Brown's Lane as a car producing plant.

Amicus regional officer, Roger Maddison, said the meeting was 'full and frank' but said the car maker is still withholding vital figures.

ONLY £15m WILL BE SAVED - NOT £80M - CLAIMS UNION

"We are still being refused a breakdown of the £80m cost savings a year they say will result from the redundancies and the effective closure of Brown's Lane. We estimate that no more than £15m can be made in salary savings and want them to justify where the remaining £65m is coming from."

He also wants to know the cost of transferring production from Browns Lane to the Castle Bromwich site. "We estimate that the move will cost close to the £80m they say is going to be saved," he said.

Amicus, the T&G and GMB are balloting for industrial action at Browns Lane. The closing date for the ballot is 13 December.
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