Archive : Sit-in protest at Leyland plant over lay-off payment

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

By R. W. Shakesneare

The three-day week arrangements brought a fresh problem for British Leyland at its plant at Cowley, Oxford, yesterday. Its 19,000 workers have been allocated Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays as “power on” days. Its workers were therefore not required to report for work yesterday. However, after a weekend meeting of between 2,000 and 3,000 ” indirect ” workers, those not involved in assembly operations-about 300 men turned up at the plant yesterday and staged a sit in until their normal shift ended at 4 pin.

The men said they objected to being ” shut out ” by the company and were pressing for the retention of a special agreement on lay off pay. A management spokesman said that the question of what was to happen to this particular agreement was being discussed with union representatives. British Leyland began car assembly at its Longbridge. Birmingham, car plant yesterday for the first -time since December 21. Longbridge is being run on a ” split ” basis with some operations taking place in the first half of the week and others in the second.

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

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Created www.austin-rover.co.uk 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...

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