Archive : Leyland strikers stay out

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

British Leyland truck and tractor factory shop stewards at Bathgate, west Lothian, have rejected a Union officials advice to end a strike which has involved over 3,000 employees. The strikers, who have been idle since early last week, were told on Friday by Ernest Leslie, A.E.F. Divisional Organizer. that if they returned to their jobs today and ended a ban on overtime, the management would award an interim pay increase of 30s. a week.

However, after a weekend meeting. the factory’s joint shop stewards committee stated that they were adhering to an original arrangement to hold a mass meeting of strikers this afternoon. The overtime ban was introduced several weeks ago in support of wage claims, some of which amounted to as much as £10 a week. The present strike started after the management intimated a proposed lay-off of over 1000 employees because the overtime ban had interrupted production.

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
Keith Adams

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