Workers at MG Rover have been voting this week on whether to take strike action over unpopular aspects of flexible working arrangements originally instituted by the company’s previous owner BMW.

Union bosses are urging workers to reject strike action, which could be extremely damaging to MG Rover’s already uncertain prospects.

The company is offering a 2.5 percent pay rise and concessions on flexible working arrangements including the exemption of night shifts.

The result of the strike ballot is expected to known on 15th March.

MG Rover was formed when former owner BMW sold the assets of its Rover Group subsidiary in 2000 and is planning to reach profitability in 2002.

It emerged late last year that the company has been involved in discussions with China Brilliance Holdings Co. Ltd (CBH) – a Chinese industrial group – over a possible ‘strategic alliance and cooperation agreement’.