Archive : 6000 idle in car bodies dispute

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

By CLIFFORD WEBB

In spite of intense activity behind the scenes by management, unions and the Engineering Employers’ Federation, the renewed demarcation dispute at Pressed Steel Fisher, Cowley, is to continue. The 89 pipe fitters and mates decided last night to go on with the strike. They will meet again on Monday.

Nearly 6,000 car workers are now idle because of a shortage of car bodies, and double this number could be affected soon. The position last night was: P.S.F. Cowley, 2,500 laid off. Rover, Solihull, 1,500 laid off and all car production halted. Rootes, Linwood-1,000 men laid off since Wednesday because of the previous strike at Cowley. British Leyland. MG, Abingdon- 650 laid off and all sports car production stopped. Morris Motors, Cowley-250 laid off and Maxi production halted.

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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