Archive : Car men accept £250 pay switch


Paint shop workers at a car plant in Cowley, Oxford, yesterday agreed to give up piecework. They accepted £250 each in compensation and an hourly rate which will give them £44-20 for a 40-hour week. Now fewer than 1,500 production workers at Austin-Morris factories in the Oxford area – all of them at the Cowley car body plant – are still on piecework.

The Cowley plant is the only Austin-Morris factory which has paid out compensation to workers as an inducement to accept an hourly rate. But shop stewards at the Longbridge factory are recommending rejection of an offer of £43-80 a week to give up piece work.

Keith Adams

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