Archive : 2000 Car Men Laid Off Indefinitely

FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
COVENTRY, JAN. 31

Two thousand car production workers have been laid off indefinitely by Standard-Triumph at Coventry because of a strike by 600 National Union of Vehicle Builders members employed at the Birmingham subsidiary firm of Mulliners Ltd. Union officials will try tomorrow to get the vehicle builders to return to work on Tuesday, but production of Triumph Herald cars cannot be resumed until after the strike ends.

If the dispute does not end quickly Standard’s entire labour force of 11,000 will have to be laid off. A Standard spokesman said today that the strikers have not yet said why they have downed tools.

Thirty-nine sheet metal workers who are on strike at a Rover branch factory at Coventry are also threatening the jobs of 2,000 production men at Rover’s main works at Solihull.

Keith Adams

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