Archive : Shop stewards’ dispute halts BLMC van output

By Clifford Webb Midland Industrial Correspondent

A dispute between shop stewards at two British Leyland plants in Birmingham has forced the management to suspend production of JY and J4 vans until employees agree to work normally. Three hundred assembly workers at Adderley Park East have been working to rule for the past two months in protest at company plans to close the factory.

They recently stepped up this unofficial action with a series of one-day strikes. The work force of 500 has been guaranteed jobs, many of them better paid, at the adjoining Common Lane factory where the van bodies are made. Under rationalization plans announced more than 18 months ago, body and assembly work are to be carried out at Common Lane.

The Common Lane shop stewards have rejected approaches from their colleagues at Adderley for joint representation when the two are amalgamated.

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