The Rover motor company is to lay off 1,300 workers at its main factory today. It will also halt production of its 2000 and 3500 models at the factory—in Solihull, Warwicks. Behind Rovers’ decision is a strike at a branch factory at Cardiff, where gear boxes and axles are made.
Assembly workers at the plant went on strike a fortnight ago in protest against lay-offs caused by a go slow in the machine room. The go-slow is over a piece-work dispute. The strikers, who have three times rejected advice from the Amalgamated Union of Engineering and Foundry Workers, are not due to meet again until next Thursday.
A Rover spokesman at Solihull said yesterday that no gear boxes or axles had been received from Cardiff for two weeks. And production could not be resumed until there was a return to work.
The Rover company will lay off 1300 workers today and shut down indefinitely production of their 2000 and 3500 models at Solihull as result of a strike at the Cardiff branch factory.