Maintenance men at the Pressed Steel Fisher car body factory at Castle, Bromwich; Birmingham, yesterday called off their unofficial stoppage which made more than 10,000 other car workers idle.They accepted a “peace ” formula giving them the £1 a week increase they, have been demanding for month’s, and went back to work immediately.
A union official afterwards called it a “strike of misunderstanding.” The dispute was over a claim by 130 maintenance men for inclusion in a productivity deal made with other workers at the factory in April. They were joined on strike by another 280 members of the AEF at the factory, and production of car bodies stopped, making 6,000 men idle. Another 4,360 were laid off at the Austin factory at Longbridge.
The pay rise will be back dated to May 6.