By Clifford Webb
Nearly 20,000 car workers were idle yesterday as labour disputes already affecting British Leyland’s Austin-Morris plant at Longbridge spread to Austin-Morris Cowley stopping all car production.
With new car sales in Britain still running at record levels, British Leyland is losing £1.7m worth of cars for everyday the strikes continue. It is now without production of both its “front runners”, the new Austin Allegro and the Morris Marina. Production of the Maxi and 1300 GT has also stopped.
Eighty plant attendants, men responsible for stopping and starting assembly lines-walked out at Cowley yesterday over a grading dispute. The company sent home 8,500 assembly workers and 3,500 men in the adjoining body plant.