Archive : Car parking dispute starts strike at BL

By Paul Johnson

Night shift workers at the BL plant at Solihull, West Midlands, went on strike in a row over car parking. About two thirds of the night shift – 170 men – walked off the Land-Rover production line after being told to move their cars to an official car park. The vehicles had been left in a main access road near the factory and the plant health and safely committee decided that they should be moved. But the men refused the joint union-management request and after a meeting, walked out.

A company spokesman said yesterday: “I suppose the men did not take too kindly to the idea of the car park because it meant a longer walk for them.”

The workers agreed yesterday to turn up for their next night shift on Monday. Land-Rover production at the plant had been halted the previous day after a dispute involving one man who refused to carry out a task he considered was not part of his normal work. The 2,500 men laid off because of that dispute have now returned to work.

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