The head of Britain's biggest business group criticised trade unions yesterday for using "stone age economics" in a campaign to persuade people not to buy Peugeot cars, writes John Cranage.
Richard Lambert, director general of the CBI, said the French carmaker was a vital part of the UK motor industry and should be "cherished". He attacked the boycott campaign by Amicus and the Transport and General Workers Union and hit out at calls for stronger employment laws to protect workers from losing their jobs.
Mr Lambert was speaking at the British Motor Show, picketed by workers from the Peugeot factory in Coventry which is set to close next year with the loss of 2,300 jobs. The protest was the latest phase of a campaign to persuade Peugeot to keep the plant open.
Mr Lambert said unions should consider the effect of stricter employment laws in other European countries which had higher unemployment rates. The union argument goods sold in the UK should be built in the UK was "stone age economics", he added.
Jonathan Goodman for PSA Peugeot Citroen said the unions had no mandate for picketing.