By GEOFFREY WHITELEY,
Northern Labour Correspondent
Workers will be laid off at two Midlands car plants today because of production difficulties created by the unofficial strike which has halted 13 factories in the Pilkington glass group.
Supplies of toughened windscreens and windows, which are running precariously low at most British car plants , have run out completely at the Jaguar plant in Coventry, where production will stop at the end of today’s shift. About 1,700 Jaguar workers will be idle by tonight.
At Solihull, Rovers have been forced to stop production of their 3.5-litre model until Tuesday at the earliest. Two hundred assembly workers will be laid off today, but the company said last night it was hoping to review the supply situation on Tuesday.
Production was at a standstill for the second day running yesterday at the Austin-Morris plant at Cowley, Oxford. Maintenance men held a one-day token strike over a pay dispute on Tuesday, and when the plant resumed yesterday 170 internal drivers protested when they were told that some would have to be laid off. All the drivers walked out, and 2,500 other workers had to be sent home again.