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Fantastic news for MGR employees - from a forward thinking company!

Employees at MG Rover and Powertrain will celebrate the company’s second anniversary with the news that they will have time off to watch England’s progress in the 2002 World Cup.

The company will use its flexible working time system to enable production staff to watch England versus Nigeria on Wednesday 12 June, employees not subject to working time arrangements to take a day’s holiday from their entitlement. The match between England and Argentina is played during the plant’s late spring shutdown week. Office-based staff will be able to use their holiday entitlement.

Should England’s football success mirror that of Britain’s biggest independent carmaker, staff will enjoy an added bonus. Progress past the group stage, to the knock-out phases, will see staff rewarded with an additional day’s holiday on the day of each match if they fall on a weekday.

Kevin Howe, Chief Executive, MG Rover suggested the idea. He said: "The England team will carry the hopes of many MG Rover and Powertrain workers, so it feels right to give people the time off to see the games. We wish the England team every success in Japan."

MG Rover was created, following the purchase of the Rover Group from *** on 9 May, 2000.

In two years the company has made considerable progress. It is now a fully integrated automotive business, based entirely at Longbridge. It has a turnover in the region of £2 billion and employs 6500 people. The company has successfully launched the MG range of cars, and introduced the Rover 75 Tourer and the new MGTF.

The business has improved its performance in successive years, drastically reducing the losses faced by the Rover Group. In March 2002, MG Rover entered into a long-term strategic alliance with China Brilliance Industrial Holdings, which will see the joint development of world-class automobiles for the mutual benefit of both partners.
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