Archive : Strife-hit Allegro comes to a full-stop

By David Jack

Production of British Leyland’s newly launched Allegro family saloon stopped yesterday. And it will remain at a standstill until a dispute by bodymakers at Swindon, Wiltshire, is settled. The Swindon row blew up yesterday when 650 press operators making Allegro bodies went on strike protesting about new work study targets.

Eighty miles away at Longbridge, Birmingham, where the car is assembled, the management instructed 2,100 production workers to stay at home today. With export orders pouring in for the new model, company chiefs had planned to open a second assembly line today and boost production to 2,400 cars a week.

The Allegro faces crisis situations on two other fronts. Two thousand men banned maintenance work over the Spring Bank Holiday, delaying essential servicing of plant until this morning. And white-collar workers are threatening walk-outs at Longbridge and at the Rover plant in Solihull because the production men were given an extra day’s holiday at Whitsun under a new engineering package deal.

Keith Adams

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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...

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