By Our Labour Correspondent
Factories in London, Essex, Surrey, Sheffield, and Oxford were halted yesterday as about 100,000 engineering workers obeyed their shop stewards’ call to join an unofficial political strike in protest against the £55,000 fine imposed on the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers for contempt of the National Industrial Relations Court. Further industrial disruption is expected tomorrow in west Scotland, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, and on Merseyside in the. second bout of the shopfloor revolt against the Industrial Relations Act.
……In Oxford all car production stopped at the Austin-Morris complex at Cowley, when 11,000 Britisl Leyland’ day shift men stayed away from the car body and assembly plants. A further 1,300 in the BLMC service division. and 800 from the Morris radiator factory also struck. Local officials of the Transport and General Workers’ Union told members not to cross the engineering union picket lines.