By David Jack
Europe’s most wanted cars came to a halt on the assembly lines last night. REASON: A crippling; shortage of glass caused by the unofficial strike of 11,000 workers at Pilkington factories in Lancashire. All work stopped at Jaguar’s giant plant in Coventry on the award-winning XJ6 and E-type models because windscreen stocks ran out.
Seventeen hundred men were laid off indefinitely. The dispute will cost Jaguar nearly £400,000 a day in lost production. The company have a 12-month waiting list for the XJ6 and is already negotiating with the unions to boost production and cut the huge backlog of orders – mainly from abroad.
At Rover’s factory in Solihull, Warwickshire, production stopped on the 3.5-litre cars because of the dispute Two hundred men were sent home.
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...
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