6,000 On Strike At Jaguar Factory
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
COVENTRY, OCT. 1
Six thousand men went on strike at the factory of Jaguar Cars Ltd here today and production was stopped completely.
Trouble began after the firm’s decision to dismiss a man (Ronald Rowe) employed in the oil cleaning shop after an alleged assault on a foreman (Bill Whetstone). The joint shop stewards committee recommended the strike because no action was taken against the foreman. While the stewards were meeting, trouble broke out on the Mark X assembly line, where men objected to the transfer of 20 workers from the Mark 2 line to increase track speeds. A company official said the firm was insistent that quality production could be maintained only if these men were transferred to the line. A mass meeting of the workers has been called for tomorrow.