FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT
BIRMINGHAM, FEB. 21
About half the 60,000 employees of the British Motor Corporation are now working a five-day week, it was announced here today.
A month ago two-thirds of the firm’s labour force were on short time. A B.M.C. official said they were anxious not to be over optimistic about the future at this stage, but added that production of Mini-vans would double next month.
The demand for smaller vans had been tremendous recently. The Midland regional office of the Ministrv of Labour estimated that about 47,000 workers in the Midland motor vehicle and components industries worked short tine last week compared with 71,000 in the week ended January 21. A Birmingham car dealer said: “We are busier than we were last February and the outlook seems bright. Secondhand prices are going up. There is a feeling of buoyancy on the home market at the moment.”