Archive : US Strike Lays Off Coventry Men

FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT COVENTRY, JAN. 11

The three-week-old American dock strike has made workers at Jaguar Cars, Coventry, idle, and more car firms may have to take similar act:on because of the build-up in shipments.

The men affected are nearly all the 230 assembly track workers on the Jaguar E type car, one of Britain’s biggest dollar earners. They have been told to report back on Tuesday.

It was announced yesterday that the car’s price in the United States would be cut by about £143 for the fixed- head coupe and about £107 for the open seater because of increasing American competition and the company’s determination to remain in the forefront-of’ British car firms. The strike has meant that no car shipments are being unloaded along the United States eastern seaboard. This has caused a heavy build-up at the Coventry factory of cars intended for the United States.

Standard-Triumph International of Coventry, said they had 1,000 cars on the sea or in the docks which would have to wait for the strike to end.

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