Two thousand men are on strike at Hardy Spicer over the dismissal of a shop steward, Mr F. Troth, whom the firm accuse of misconduct. The firm make propeller-shafts for a wide range of companies. The stoppage has already led to 3,900 workers in the motor industry being laid off.
The British Motor Corporation, who are already losing production at the rate of 3,900 vehicles a week, said yesterday that they would be laying off a further 1,700 hands last night. A further 3,000 to 4,000 workers would be idle by Tuesday night.