Archive : Unions To Discuss B.M.C. Strike

FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT
BIRMINGHAM, FEB. 3

Only one car of the British Motor Corporation range, the Wolseley 6/99 remains in production and nearly 32,000 of the corporation’s 56,000 labour force are idle as a result of the strike by 55 electricians at the tractor and transmrission factory at Washwood Heath

The Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions have called a conference in London tomorrow to discuss the widening effects of the stoppage and the loss of earnings now being suffered by thousands of their members whose unions are not directly concerned in the dispute.

The sheet metal workers’ strike which brought production of the Land Rover to a standstill at the Solihull factory of the Rover Company continued today. About 2,000 men at the factory are now idle because of the stoppage, which began last Thursday when 39 welders at a Coventry branch factory objected to a replacement worker sent to their department. About 220 workers at the main factory at Solihull have since joined the strike in sympathy.

At the Standard-Triumph factory, Coventry, where 4,000 men have been laid off because of a strike of vehicle builders- at the company’s subsidiary body building firm, Mulliners Limited, Birmingham, production returned to normal today.

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