Austin strike collapses
Austin Rover executives were working late last night to prepare for the resumption of full production at their Longbridge and Cowley car manufacturing plants which have been at a standstill for the past fortnight. with more than 18000 workers laid off.
The move came after the collapse vesterday of a strike by 300 transport drivers demanding the reinstatement of a colleague dismissed for striking a foreman.
Faced by management determination that the man would not be re-employed, the drivers voted to return to work on Monday. The dispute cost production of more than 20,000 cars worth about £100m at showroom prices and threatened the launch of the new Rover 200 small car being made at Longbridge. Last night the company said the launch would go ahead on Tuesday as planned.