Leyland Wage Deal
By Terry Pattinson
Leyland shop stewards gave the go-ahead yesterday for a parity pay deal which will mean rises of up to £12 a week for 45,000 workers. The 400 senior stewards meeting in Birmingham agreed to parity being introduced plant-by plant for workers who reach productivity targets.
About half the state-owned car firm’s workers stand to benefit from the deal. They will get pay increases backdated for between six and twelve weeks. Union chiefs had previously blocked the plan because they claimed it was divisive setting plant against plant. But they changed their minds.
When management agreed that, to qualify for parity, factories had to maintain their targets for six weeks instead of eight. Acceptance of the deal is a personal triumph for Leyland chairman Michael Edwardes , who is determined to reward plants which keep to production targets.