Archive : Hopes of peace at car plant

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

THE GUARDIAN

There were hopes last night of an end today to the strike of 500 foremen in a “blacklegging” dispute with a car factory management in Birmingham. National officers of the Association of Scientific, Technical and Management Staffs had long talks today with the management of Pressed Steel-Fisher at Castle Bromwich. Afterwards, the company said that a formula would be put to the strikers today.

The foremen walked out last Friday, saying that senior management had done their jobs during a 24-hour pay strike
Production of several models, was halted and more than 5,000 workers laid off during a day of disruption in the Midlands car industry yesterday.

At the Austin factory, Longbridge, assembly of Mini cars and 1800 car bodies stopped because of the foremen’s strike. A return to work by 700 strikers at the Pressed Steel-Fisher factory in Llanelli came too late to prevent a shut-down of 1100 production on the day shift at Longbridge, and the night shift at Morris Motors, Oxford. Also at Oxford, 1300 car output was halted by a shortage of engines from Longbridge in the wake of a strike by seven women now working normally at the Birmingham Aluminium Castings factory in Smethwick.

More than 400 vehicle inspectors were involved in a one-day stoppage at the Leyland plant of British-Leyland. They claimed that the dispute was partly due to a new system of inspection.

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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...

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