Archive : Trouble at Washwood Heath

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

A mass meeting at British Leyland’s Washwood Heath transmissions factory voted to continue the 10 day dispute which has halted output of all Austin-Morris cars except the Maxi.

British Leyland now face the prospect of more lay-offs to swell the 18,500 already idle at Longbridge, Cowley, Castle Bromwich, Abingdon, Swindon and Llanelli. Shop stewards representing the 2,000 transmission workers on strike are meeting management on Thursday to try to press again for an increase on the £4 a week offer.

The company has so far rejected a suggested approach to the Government’s new conciliation and arbitration service because it believes it is too early for outside intervention. There was better news of a smaller strike within the group. Eighty inspectors at the Alvis military vehicle factory at Coventry voted to end their two-week strike which has made a further 1,500 workers idle. The stoppage also threatened production of Rover 3500 models through lack of engine components.

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
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...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
Keith Adams

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