British Leyland’s labour troubles eased yesterday with the ending of three strikes that have been hitting production at the company’s Midlands and Scottish plants.
At the Austin-Morris factory at Longbridge, Birmingham, 520 engine assemblers who had -been on strike since Friday over a manning dispute, agreed to return to work after a promise of further negotiations with the management. Their stoppage had halted the production of engines for minis and medium range cars and threatened to cause heavy lay-offs among assembly workers.
At the company’s plant at Bathgate, West Lothian, nearly 1000 men who were idle on Monday returned to work yesterday. A strike by 40 engineering inspectors over a pay a dispute had caused the lay off of 950 other workers. At Cowley, Oxford, Austin- Morris car production was fully resumed – following the strike’ started on Friday by 170 workers in the paint shop.
Their pay claim is being taken through the engineering industry disputes procedure.