Disruption at British Leyland’s Longbridge plant continues. The company settled one strike yesterday but faced worsening problems as two other disputes added to Leyland’s strike problems, which include a stoppage that has halted production of the Austin-Morris 1800 range for a third day.
Moreover, there were warnings yesterday that another strike could cripple one of the industry’s largest components suppliers, Ferodo. The continuing strike at Long- bridge involves 270 men in the paint shop who decided to stay out yesterday because of a manning dispute. Production of about 1,000 vehicles worth about £1m. have been lost since the men went out at the beginning of the week. At Adderley, Birmingham, 300 clerks held a token stoppage at Leyland’s light commercial vehicle factory.
They allege delay in settling a pay claim, and more than 600 workers were sent home. At Bathgate, West Lothian, the 500 truck assembly men who returned to work at Leyland’s factory last Monday after a two- week holiday, are again on short time. They will not work today or on Monday.