Archive : Cowley plant to vote today

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

By R. W. Shakespeare

A mass meeting of workers at the huge British Leyland Austin-Morris car plant at Cowley, Oxford, will be voting today on whether or not to support a shop stewards’ campaign to impose a complete ban on the use of industrial engineers by management to carry out work study schemes. The meeting called for yesterday broke up in confusion after shop stewards who had convened it, failed to appear. After waiting about more than an hour most of the men left the meeting and went home.

The Cowley car assembly lines and the body pressing workshops were again at a standstill with nearly 10,000 workers idle. The dispute began on Monday of last week when the management brought in the industrial engineers. British Leyland argues that by doing this it is simply carrying out an agreement to which the unions are parties.

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

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Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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