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Unions urge England to boycott Peugeot in ad campaign

LONDON - Amicus and the T&G unions launch a £1m press and poster advertising campaign tomorrow to encourage consumers not to buy Peugeot and Citroen cars, following the car company's announcement to close its Coventry factory.

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The creative, designed by Amicus in-house, aims to provoke Peugeot into further talks with the unions to allow production to continue at the Ryton plant.

The ads encourage car buyers to "Think of England" and will play on the patriotism surrounding the World Cup.

Peugeot announced in April that the factory was to close in 2007 and production would move to France and Slovakia, with the loss of 2,300 jobs.

Derek Simpson, Amicus' general secretary, said: "Companies that seek to sell in Britain, should build in Britain.

"We believe that the wider British public will want to send a powerful message and a drop in sales will really hit them where it hurts."

Full-page ads will appear in The Mirror and The Guardian tomorrow with further ads in trade, regional and national press, while 48-sheet posters will also appear near Peugeot and Citroen dealers.

Tony Woodley, T&G general secretary, said of the car company: "Peugeot is motivated by sheer greed and needs to understand that there will be painful consequences if they shut up shop in Britain in this fashion."

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