By William Daniels
A man from the shop floor yesterday left his overalls at home and took over one of the top jobs in the giant Jaguar car firm.
Harry Adey, 36, who was a car body metal finisher, became the firm’s first industrial relations manager.
Harry was also chairman of the joint shop stewards’ committee at the Coventry factory—and chief negotiator in disputes and strikes.
Now he will be called in to settle any troubles. A Jaguar spokesman said yesterday: “This post has been specially created because of the continual expansion of the Jaguar Group . Harry was the ideal man to fill it because of his knowledge of day-to-day problems on the shop floor and his experience of negotiations.”
The new Jaguar executive—a married man with two children—joined the firm five years ago. Yesterday, wearing a blue suit instead of overalls, Harry said: ” I hope I can make as useful a contribution to relations in the factory in this job as I did in the other. But I hope people won’t expect the world to change overnight. I haven’t done it for the money, you know—and I haven’t lost any friends. My shop steward mates were the first to shake my hand.”
Shop stewards and management officials, at a special meeting, welcomed Harry’s overnight change from a factory worker to an executive.