Archive : Leyland bus and truck plants hit by walk out

By R. W. Shakespeare

British Leyland has run into labour problems at its five bus and truck plants in Lancashire, where 300 foremen have walked out over what they claim is a wrong interpretation of the Government’s £6 a week pay rise policy. The foremen, who belong to the Association of Scientific and Managerial Staffs, claim that the company’s decision that a new pay deal, which came into effect on November 1, cannot be back dated to mid-September means that they are each losing £36, the maximum £6 a week increase for six weeks. Last night a spokesman for the bus and truck plants said that production was being maintained ” as efficiently as possible “.

At Cowley, after the week-end’s warnings of a possible shutdown of car assembly lines unless output levels were improved, an uneasy peace was being preserved yesterday.

Keith Adams

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