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Walkout threat at factory.

HUNDREDS of workers at one of Rugby's biggest employers could strike in protest at job losses and lack of investment.

About 800 members of the Amicus union at Alstom Power are being asked if they are prepared to down tools in the new year.

If it goes ahead it would be the first industrial action at the Newbold Road plant for 20 years.

Workers are angry at the latest round of 200-plus job cuts at the factory and say the firm's French owners seem to favour investment in their own country.

Bosses said they were unable to withdraw or postpone the latest job cuts, but gave assurances about their continuing commitment to Britain.

Amicus regional officer Tom Keogh said: "We had a meeting on Friday and members have agreed to be balloted over industrial action."
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Date:Nov 12, 2002
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