Shop stewards at Leyland’s Longbridge, Birmingham, car plant voted yesterday not to strike over a new pay deal. But the company still faces the threat of stoppages at other factories against the package of 5 to 10 per cent wage increases and more efficient working methods being introduced next week without union agreement.
Most of the 3,000 Land-Rover and Range Rover workers at Solihull have decided not to report back on Wednesday and some Jaguar men at Coventry also intended to strike. Workers at Leyland’s body plant in Cowley, many of whom favour industrial action over the package, are to meet on Tuesday. The East Works at the Midland motor cvlinder plant in Middlemore Road, Smethwick, which produces BL car engine blocks, walked out on strike yesterday when one shopfloor worker was dismissed after a fight with another.