Archive for September, 1974
Talks of Government aid for British Leyland was “foolish chatter”, Lord Stokes, the chairman, said yesterday. “We have neither sought nor been offered any monies from the Government other than normal regional grants. Conjecture of this sort is entirely hypothetical and, frankly, is just foolish chatter which unfortunately tends to create unnecessary anxieties among our [...]
R. W. Shakespeare Within 24 hours of a ballot at British Leyland’s Austin-Morris car plant at Longbridge, Birmingham, in which 17,701 workers voted to accept a new pay deal and just 1,544 voted against, car production was brought to a standstill by unofficial strikes yesterday. The shutdown followed a walkout by two separate groups of [...]
A wage strike involving 450 clerical staff has ended after six weeks at the British Leyland truck and tractor factory in Bathgate, West Lothian. The men will be back at work today along with 4,500 shopfloor workers who were laid off during the stoppage.
JAGUAR In the week ending September 14th 1974, Jaguar produced the last E-type. Due to the large amount of unsold cars in dealers showrooms, the event was not publicised at the time.
TRIUMPH NEWS On this day BLMC had a product planning meeting. One of the matters discussed was the Triumph SD2. Continuing evaluation of the programme and its implications came to a head on the 16th September 1974, when the Director of Product Planning, John Bacchus held a meeting of the management team behind the SD2 [...]
The legendary Dick Etheridge, union convener at British Leyland’s Longbridge car plant, is retiring. Remarkably enough for a man who has been described as the most militant shop steward in the car industry, his bosses will mourn his departure as much as his workmates. For the truth is that for several years now Etheridge has [...]
By Edward Townsend Workers at British Leyland’s Birmingham transmissions plant, whose strike has caused. 18,500 car workers to be laid off, returned to work last night. The 2,000 strikers agreed to resume despite the lack of a new wages offer from the company.’ Mr. Arthur Harper, convener at the Washwood Heath factory, said: “Nothing concrete [...]
A mass meeting at British Leyland’s Washwood Heath transmissions factory voted to continue the 10 day dispute which has halted output of all Austin-Morris cars except the Maxi. British Leyland now face the prospect of more lay-offs to swell the 18,500 already idle at Longbridge, Cowley, Castle Bromwich, Abingdon, Swindon and Llanelli. Shop stewards representing [...]