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Strike call at Leyland plant

25 April 1969

Shop stewards at British Levland's main transmissions factory in Washwood Heath, Birmingham. last night called for the strike of 4.800 workers on May 1, as a protest at the Government White Paper "In Place of Strife". A similar May Day strike call decision over the proposed anti-strike legislation was taken by the London based Watermen, Lightermen, Tugmen and Bargemen's Union.

Roy Hattersley, Parliamentary Secretary to Mrs. Barbara Castle's Department of Employment and Productivity and a local M.P., was quickly notified of the Leyland decision when lie arrived on a pre-arranged visit to the regional head- quarters of the Amalgamated Union of Engineering and Foundry Workers in Birmingham to discuss the proposed legislation.

The Glasgow Herald
£22m. New Orders For Austin

Lord Stokes ,chairman and managing director of British Leyland , said yesterday in London that orders for 22,500 of the new Austin Maxi , worth in all £22 million , had been received from distributors and dealers even before the public had seen the car .

Lord Stokes said at the cars launch: "I expect these orders to multiply considerably during the next few days when the public have had a chance to see the car . It seems from the reaction of the motor trade that we shall be creating an entirely new niche in the British car market ."


Orders for 22,500 models of the new Austin Maxi, worth £22,000,000, have been received from distributors and dealers, British Leyland chief Lord Stokes said last night .

He added:  "I expect these orders to multiply considerably during the next few days ."

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