Cowley ‘agitators’ fear
By Barrie Clement
Trotskyist groups at Austin Rover’s assembly plant at Cowley have helped to cause more than 160 unofficial stoppages this year according to management sources. The company dismissed 13 ultra-left wing activists last year for deceiving about their previous employment, but others are still thought to retain membership of the shop stewards committee.
The car manufacturer is unable to get rid of the remaining “agitators” because they have not broken any company rules, it said. But Mr David Buckle, Oxford secretary of the Transport and General Workers’ Union, denounced the accusation as an “nice easy answer” to the plant’s industrial problems.