By R. W. Shakespeare
More than 8,500 British Leyland workers were still laid off yesterday because of continuing labour disputes affecting four plants.
All Rover car production at Solihull, Birmingham, together with Land-Rover and Range-Rover output has now been at a standstill for three days because of an unofficial strike by 150 inspectors who are demanding regrading into a higher pay bracket.. About 3,000 production workers are laid off, an increase of about 300 compared with earlier this week.
At the Rover component factory in Cardiff, which makes axle and transmission units, 230 workers in the spares warehouse have, now been laid off because of a pay strike by 100 clerical staff who are also demanding regrading. The dispute could lead to bottlenecks in supplies to the assembly plants and the servicing trade.
At the truck and tractor plant at Bathgate, Midlothian, a complete shutdown is now in its second week with 450 clerical workers on strike over a pay dispute and 4,500 production men laid off.