Archive for October, 1974
DAILY EXPRESS At Solihull production at Rover car factory was at a standstill again yesterday because of a walk-out last Tuesday by 150 inspectors over a pay claim. And 3,000 men were laid off at the Triumph plant at Coventry where vehicles have been stockpiled as they come off the production line because of’ a [...]
DAILY MIRROR At the Motor Show Lord Stokes, chairman of British Leyland, said: “There is a lot of unfounded speculation about British Leyland. We are a soundly based company and all we are doing, as they say in Lancashire, is cutting our coat to suit our cloth.” MG – On this day the rubber bumper [...]
By R. W. Shakespeare Northern Industrial Correspondent British Leyland has again run into labour troubles. All production at the Rover plant at Solihull, Birmingham, came to a standstill last night, with 4,000 workers laid off indefinitely because of an unofficial walk-out by 150 engineering inspectors from all the assembly areas. The shut down means that [...]
On the eve of the London Motor Show Lord Stokes tells the media: “We are still a bloody good country with some bloody good engineers’… I do not understand what has become an almost hypnotic death wish in this country. Speculation, not only about our company but many others equally important to the national economy, [...]
Nearly 33,000 Jaguar and Daimler cars were produced in the 12 months to September 30, a record despite the three- day week, British Leyland reported at the weekend. Production was almost 10 per cent up on the previous year. “Jaguar is aiming to make at least a similar increase in output over the next year”, [...]
UK NEWS The day of the general election. It was the second of two United Kingdom general elections held that year. Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson, having taken power in a hung parliament after the February election, returned to the polls and won a tiny majority of three. Link: 1974 General Election
DAILY MIRROR Car Plant Blaze Fire swept through British Leyland’s Authi car factory in Pamplona, Spain, yesterday, causing damage estimated at hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Coventry wage rates also figure largely in a dispute at British Leyland’s plant at Wellingborough in Northamptonshire. Five hundred workers who walked out on Friday over a wage claim are due to meet today to discuss their next move. They are claiming “comparable earnings” with BLMC workers at Coventry and Birmingham.
At the British Leyland plant in Longbridge, Birmingham, unofficial strikers whose walkout has stopped all car production and made 10,000 other workers idle were given a direct instruction by union officials yesterday to return to work immediately. Without any management commitment about further negotiations on their demands for bigger increases under a new plant pay [...]
BY Clifford Webb British Leyland’s loss making subsidiary has asked the Australian Government for financial assistance to protect the jobs of its 5,000-strong labour force. It is the largest private employer in the Sydney area. The approach follows a top management shakeup. Less than three months ago Mr David Abell, BL’s treasurer and a key [...]
by R. W. Shakespeare British Leyland’s Austin-Morris plant at Longbridge, Birmingham, yesterday was still at a standstill with about 10,000 workers laid off because of the unofficial strike by 800 men employed in the body-handling and forge shop areas. They have refused to accept a new pay deal covering all workers at the plant. Under [...]
Thousands of workers in the Midlands had to be laid off within hours of returning from the industry’s autumn holiday. Car production was brought to a standstill at British Leyland’s Austin/Morris plant at Longbridge, Birmingham, because of strikes by minority groups from the 20,000 strong labour force who have rejected a new pay deal offering [...]
AUSTIN MORRIS BLMC investigate a comprehensive re-jig of the ADO20 Mini, giving it a full tailgate, folding rear seats and wrap around bumpers. Also a 2 door model without the tailgate. Also a 5 door Clubman fronted saloon sitting on a wheelbase 10 inches longer than the estate. The plans were finally killed off by [...]