Municipal Pay Answer on August 8?
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IT is expected that the employers' side I of the National Joint Industrial Council for the road passenger transport industry will give their answer to the latest demand for a " substantial " pay increase on August 8.
Arguments in support of the claim were presented by the workers' side at a full meeting of the council in London, last week.
Birmingham Transport Department, which was expelled from the Federation of Municipal Transport Employers for acting independently on pay, has received a similar demand.
No meeting has yet been arranged between the London Transport Executive and the Transport and General Workers' Union to discuss higher pay for London's 58,000 bus workers (The Commercial Motor last week).
The expected pay claim for employees of provincial bus companies has not yet been submitted to the 'employers.
AUTOMATIC DRIVE FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLES IN America the Post Office is employ ' ing vans with the Borg-Warner fully automatic transmission, which not only makes driving easier, but gives a fuel consumption equal to, or better than, that of vehicles with conventional transmission. Diver, Dodge and International Harvester vehicles are employing units with a torque capacity up to 160 113.-ft.
This information was given to The Commercial Motor by Mr. L. F. Schiele, executive engineer of the Detroit Car Division of Bori-Warner, at the official opening of the Letchworth works of Borg-Warner, Ltd., On Tuesday.
Production in the British factory, which has been built at a cost of £4m., will shortly include units with torque capacities up to 125 lb-ft., which will be suitable for the lighter type of commercial vehicle. The larger units will be available later. The transmission incorporates a torque converter with a gear train, and is similar to that fitted to Jaguar cars destined for export, and to Humber Super Snipe cars.
Although there is a slight loss of efficiency in the torque converter, this, it is claimed, is compensated by the higher rear-axle ratio that can be employed. Regular maintenance is required at 15,000-mile intervals. This includes checking fluid levels.
FORD SPARES DEPOT STARTS rARRYING a stock of over 30,000 • different parts and accessories worth £21m., the new £1.6m. spares depot of the Ford Motor Co., Ltd., at Aveley, Essex, came into operation this week. Every day 160 tons of spares will be delivered to and sent out from the depot, where mechanical handling is fully exploited.
There are special loading bays with let-down bridges allowing fork-lift trucks to drive on to lorries.