Shop stewards at British Levland’s main transmissions factory in Washwood Heath, Birmingham. last night called for the strike of 4.800 workers on May 1, as a protest at the Government White Paper “In Place of Strife”. A similar May Day strike call decision over the proposed anti-strike legislation was taken by the London based Watermen, Lightermen, Tugmen and Bargemen’s Union.
Roy Hattersley, Parliamentary Secretary to Mrs. Barbara Castle’s Department of Employment and Productivity and a local M.P., was quickly notified of the Leyland decision when lie arrived on a pre-arranged visit to the regional head- quarters of the Amalgamated Union of Engineering and Foundry Workers in Birmingham to discuss the proposed legislation.
The Glasgow Herald
£22m. New Orders For Austin
Lord Stokes ,chairman and managing director of British Leyland , said yesterday in London that orders for 22,500 of the new Austin Maxi , worth in all £22 million , had been received from distributors and dealers even before the public had seen the car .
Lord Stokes said at the cars launch: “I expect these orders to multiply considerably during the next few days when the public have had a chance to see the car . It seems from the reaction of the motor trade that we shall be creating an entirely new niche in the British car market .”
MAXI-ORDERS FOR THE AUSTIN MAXI
Orders for 22,500 models of the new Austin Maxi, worth £22,000,000, have been received from distributors and dealers, British Leyland chief Lord Stokes said last night .
He added: “I expect these orders to multiply considerably during the next few days .”