By our Labour Staff
The engineering union yesterday renewed its instruction to return to work to the 600 toolmakers at British Leyland’s plant at Castle Bromwich whose two-week strike has caused lay-offs of 12,000 men. The men are not due to meet again until Thursday. But yesterday after a meeting between Mr Pat Lowry, British Leyland’ s industrial relations director , and Mr Hugh Scanlon , the president of the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers, the unions issued a statement.
Pointing out that the car industry and British Leyland inparticular, was facing ” considerable difficulties ,” the union repeats the executive instruction made last Tuesday to return to work. The strike by the toolmakers , who work on bodies for other plants has meant that the Jaguar plant at Coventry has been halted , with the 6,000 workers laid off indefinitely, Mini production stopped and 2,000 laid off at Longbridge , and 4,100 production workers laid off at Castle Bromwich.