STRIKES IN PROTEST AGAINST THE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS ACT
About 2,000 car men just back from holiday at the Austin Morris factory in Longbridge walked out, stopping engine and gearbox production, and the assembly of some 1100 and 1300 models.
The strike at Jaguar Cars, Coventry, continued . Two thousand men seeking better piecework rates have been out since the end of June, causing another 3,000 to be laid off and a loss of £7 millions of production.
The strike at Rover’s main assembly plant at Solihull, Warwickshire, is over, however. The plant stayed shut yesterday, delaying the return of almost 4,000 workers from holiday, but the 120 internal drivers, whose dispute over job grading stopped car and Land Rover Production for two days before the holiday, have accepted a union recomendation and agreed to return to work today.