Archive : New strike hits car giant

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

By David Jack

Thousands of car workers at giant car factories in the Midlands will kick off the New Year , with a strike. The 24-hour walkout ,over the industrial Relations Bill ,is likely to shut down firms and force factories to lay off thousands. Today’s stoppage has been called by the Birmingham Trades Council and more than 40,000 are expected at a rally in the city centre. Car chiefs always expect high absenteeism on New Year’s Day with up-to 15 per cent of the labour force normally staying away.

LAST NIGHT more than 3,500 night-shift workers at British Leyland’s Longbridge, Birmingham, plant failed to turn up for work. Production of four models was brought to a standstill and 900 vehicles worth £500,000 were lost .

Workers at the Austin Morris plant, Rovers and Pressed Steel Fisher are expected to defy management warnings of the dangers of joining a political strike.

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created 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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