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.