The second main area of trouble, a strike of 130 electricians at the Pressed Steel-Fisher plant at Cowley, began to have its effect on car production yesterday. Assembly of the Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget was halted by a shortage of car bodies, and 100 men had to be laid off at Abingdon. The Rover and Jaguar plants are expected to feel the effects shortly.
Four thousand hourly-paid workers at the Pressed Steel plant have already been made idle by the electricians’ strike, which is a protest at the details of a new grading scheme. The strikers are to meet today.
More than 4,000 men were without work at the Pressed Steel-Fisher plant at Cowley yesterday because of a strike by 135 electricians. The dispute is threatening production at BMC,
Rover and Jaguar:
All depend on Cowley for body supplies. First to be hit were the Austin Sprite and MG Midget assembly lines. About 100 men were sent home because of a shortage of bodies. The electricians are opposing a new grading scheme .