Archive : Strikes halt new Jaguar after one week

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists


Production of the export winning new Jaguar car series has been halted within a week of launch, by strikes at two supplier firms. The setback comes with news that sales of foreign cars in Britain rose to 31 per cent in August , their best ever. A company spokesman said last night: ‘This is a very great tragedy for us and for Britain. Here we have an export winner in our new XJ series. But through no fault of our own we have to stop production. It is quite heartbreaking.’

Two thousand men will be laid off at the Coventry works today. The outlook is bleak. A meeting of 46 shop stewards representing 450 strikers at Wilmot Breeden in Birmingham, yesterday failed to resolve the pay dispute. And there is no sign of a breakthrough in the 24-day stoppage at Adwest Engineering at Reading, Berkshire, which supplies power steering units.

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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