200 will lose jobs in Austin Rover cutback
By Clifford Webb,
Two hundred Austin Rover assembly workers are to lose their jobs and a further 740 are being transferred to enable production at the company’s Cowley and Longbridge factories to be reduced by 10 per cent.
In a series of factory meetings yesterday the management told union leaders that the cutback had been forced on them.
They fear that the heavily discounted prices being used by all the leading car makers to win a bigger share of the “C”‘ registration market will “drag forward” sales, leading to a famine in the remaining months of the year.
At Longbridge, Metro production will be cut from 4,100 a week to 3,700. At Cowley output of Maestro and Montego models will be reduced from 2,200 to 2,025 and from 2,500 to 2,200 respectively.