Land Rover output at standstill
By Clifford Webb Motoring Correspondent
Land Rover production was at a standstill last night and 5.000 workers laid off because of a strike.
All 500 hourly paid workers at the Bordcsley Green body pressing plant in Birmingham walked out two days ago after a pressing tool was moved to Freight Rover, the group’s van making subsidiary a few miles away. Workers are concerned about plans to close nine satellite Factories including Bordesley Green over the next two years and concentrate production at the Solihull headquarters.
Capacity will be almost doubled by the reopening of the adjoining Rover car factory, “mothballed”‘ three years ago after Rover car production moved to Cowley. near Oxford. The strike is seen by management as an attempt to force it to reveal more details of the rationalization and in particular. to name the 1.500 employees to lose their jobs.