Amicus, Britain's largest private sector union, has announced that further strike action is planned from the 7th-10th March 2003 over the continuing pay and pensions dispute at Peugeot.

At a meeting yesterday, Shop Stewards from Amicus decided to call further strike action following last week's 36-hour strike.

The strike action that is planned for March will cover all four shifts currently worked at Peugeot and will disrupt production over a four-day period.

Derek Simpson, Amicus Joint General Secretary, said: "It's not acceptable that Peugeot who have posted a large increase in profits in 2002 are seeking a sub standard pay deal for our members, a pay deal that includes taking a sizeable chunk of the increase away to fund pensions that Amicus members already pay for."

He added: "The strike action that we are planning for March will disrupt production in Peugeot in the UK over a four-day period.

"However, before this we would like to meet with Peugeot Chief Jean-Martin Folz to explain to him the reason why feelings amongst Amicus members are running so high.

"Lets get this meeting arranged so that we can try and break the deadlock in the dispute. Lets get back round the table for the long term good of both employee and company."

Jean-Martin Folz recently told just-auto that strike action at the Ryton plant and Britain's refusal to join the euro placed some uncertainty over the plant's long-term future. Workers have rejected a 7.3% wage increase over two years, described by Folz as, 'the best offer in the British car industry'.

In France, PSA workers recently agreed to an average 2% pay raise.