Officials of car unions said today they would fight any plans to sack workers as a result of the cut-back in production.
Officials of car unions said today they would fight any plans to sack workers as a result of the cut-back in production. A spokesman for BMC's biggest union, the Vehicle Builders, warned there might be "militant action" if the redundancy issue were pressed. A number of components firms have warned that they too were likely to be hit by the cut-back. In Birmingham this afternoon two-thousand workers walked out of one of BMC's key subsidiary factories to hold a meeting about the cut-back. The day-shift workers, meeting in a park near the factory were told by their shop steward's convener to hand back any redundancy notices they received. He claimed BMC were taking advantage of the economic position. The meeting voted unanimously to refuse redundancy and to share work instead.
Earlier today Philip Tibbenham of our Birmingham newsroom asked the Vehicle Builders are organiser Mr. George Evans how the men at BMC's Longbridge factory had taken the news.
In Oxford where BMC's Cowley factories are also affected. David Smeeton asked Mr. John Davies, Director General of the Federation of British Industries for his reaction to the cut-back.
We're sorry we've lost contact with our Birmingham newsroom but in the interviews Mr. Evans said the men in the Longbridge factory were feeling bitter about the threat of redundancy. Mr. John Davies of the Federation of British Industries said his reaction was one of concern but the cut-back was not entirely unexpected.