Archive for August, 1973
By Clifford Webb British Leyland today announces the long-awaited flagship for its European truck sales drive, the Marathon. Capable of operating at the British legal limit of 32 tons, the vehicle can go as high as 44 tons gross vehicle weight and will be the biggest general purpose truck built in this country. In addition [...]
By Clifford Webb Midland Industrial Correspondent British Leyland surprised the motor industry last night with the announcement that Mr Filmer M. Paradise, the 54-year old American who is director of sales at Austin Morris, is leaving the company. Since he joined the former British Motor Holdings group six years ago, Mr Paradise has become one [...]
Press operators at the British Leyland car body plant in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, went back to work yesterday after a 12-day strike which stopped production of 5,000 Minis. Another 2,200 workers laid off at the factory were recalled. Mini production resumed at the Austin Morris factory in Longbridge yesterday with the progressive return of 1,250 [...]
There was better news from another strike front yesterday when press operators at British Leyland’s Castle Bromwich body plant voted to end a 10 day old stoppage which has halted production of Minis at Longbridge. Some 3,750 men laid off at the two plants will be recalled today and tomorrow.
THE GUARDIAN JAGUAR NEWS The 150 machinists who walked out from Jaguar Cars in Coventry, on Friday complaining that the public address system was to noisy, returned to work yesterday. A company spokesman said that since adjustments to a newly installed loudspeaker there had been no complaints, and work was back to normal. AUSTIN MORRIS [...]
British Leyland said yesterday that the eight-day old strike by 330 press operators at its Castle Bromwich body plant was a clear breach of established procedure. Negotiations on the claim for increased standby payments would not be resumed until the operators returned to work. The strike has stopped production of Minis at Longbridge, where 1,250 [...]
More than 2,000 are now laid off at British Leyland’s Castle Bromwich car body plant, as a result of a three-day-old strike by 330 press operators. It has halted assembly of Minis at the group’s Longbridge factory, where 1,250 day and night shift workers have been sent home. The strike has also stopped production of [...]
There was more trouble in the motor industry last night. All production of British Leyland minis was halted and 1,250 men laid off until further notice. A two day old strike by 330 press operators at the group’s Castle Bromwich body plant has stopped production of mini panels.
DAILY EXPRESS TOO HOT WORKERS WALK OUT Hundreds of workers walked out on sweat strikes yesterday as Britain sizzled in temperatures near the nineties. Three Midlands car factories closed down when the men on the assembly line got hot under the collar about the heat. Production was halted at the Rover plant at Solihull, Warwickshire, [...]
DAILY MIRROR Seven thousand Jaguar car workers were offered a revolutionary new pay deal yesterday. First stage of the “secure earnings plan” would scrap piecework and bring in a flat rate of £48-50 a week for skilled men and £47-50 for semi-skilled. From April 1 next year the rates would range up to £50 with [...]
At British Leyland’s Triumph car plant in Coventry 110 internal drivers, who began a strike last Thursday, went back to work yesterday so that negotiations with union offcials could take place. Again the negotiations over the drivers’ pay claim could continue today. If they fail to produce a settlement British Leyland’s disputes procedure will have [...]
DAILY EXPRESS BACK TO WORK Work was back to normal at the Triumph factory in Coventry and on the Land-Rover line at Rover’s factory in Solihull yesterday after being, halted by strike action last Thursday.
By Clifford Webb British Leyland are stepping up exports of Morris Marinas to the United States to take advantage of a marked swing to smaller cars following fears of a petrol shortage there. A spokesman said that since the Marina was introduced to the United States in February, there had been “an overwhelming demand which [...]
In a deal which British Leyland says is worth “a little over £4m”, the group has gained control of a Spanish car firm. The Spanish Government has given permission to buy up more shares in the Authi car building plants in Spain, it was revealed over the weekend. The deal, which follows those in 1969 [...]
By R. W. Shakespeare Car and engineering plants in the Midlands face another week of disruption caused by labour disputes, with increasing spin-off effects looming in other parts of the country. In Coventry, Triumph car production is halted by a strike of 110 internal truck drivers. Two thousand assembly line workers out of the total [...]
By R. W. Shakespeare Northern Industrial Correspondent All car production at British Leyland’s Triumph car plant at Coventry was stopped yesterday, a day of mounting pproblems for the Midlands motor industry. The shut-down involving 2000 workers being laid off was caused by a strike of 100 internal drivers. The drivers have been in dispute with [...]