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    Further troubles mounted in the U.K. car industry Nov. 11 with 1100 men dismissed from?

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    INTERVIEWER: "How does this cut in working hours affect you yourself?"

    FIRST WORKMAN "Well, it costs about GBP7 a week, I suppose."

    INTERVIEWER: "That's in the pay packet."

    ANSWER "That's in the pay packet."

    INTERVIEWER "How much time less will you be working?"

    ANSWER "Two days."

    INTERVIEWER "How are you affected by this short time working?"

    SECOND WORKMAN "We haven't been so bad up to now, but I think we are going to lose one day a week."

    INTERVIEWER "Are you losing a day next week?"

    ANSWER "As I said I mean a day, I mean we change over to nights but a night a week."

    INTERVIEWER "Now, what does this mean in terms of your pay packet?"

    ANSWER "Well, naturally, I work about five days, roughly about one fifth of your earnings."

    INTERVIEWER "How are you affected by this short time working?"

    THIRD WORKMAN "Well, we've been informed that we may have to go on two nights and three days a week."

    INTERVIEWER "What about you?"

    FOURTH WORKMAN "Well, same position. We're working together, and it seems it's going to get very very rough before a short time."

    INTERVIEWER "What does this mean to your pay packet?"

    ANSWER "Pay packet! a hell of a drop - a real big drop."

    INTERVIEWER "Does this worry you, this short time?"

    FIFTH WORKMAN "No, I'm on five days at the present, of course we're on a little bit of maintenance work, you see, not on production, but as I say, as I said before, I saw this thing go up and down, up and down - been 'ere 37 years - it'll come back again to the original time so why worry."

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    Background: Further troubles mounted in the U.K. car industry Nov. 11 with 1100 men dismissed from a Swindon car bodies plant - the worst case of unemployment in the town since the depression of the 1930s - and 600 car-body workers were stood off in West London.

    At Oxford, 500 car workers joined the ranks of the redundant. And as more unsold cars were stockpiled and workers laid off, some GBP51/2M were knocked off the market value of car shares.

    Outside the Austin Works of the British Motor Corporation at Longridge - worst hit by the drop in market share prices - men on short-time had this to say about conditions.

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