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The future of an agreement between the Meriden motor cycle workers'
The future of an agreement between the Meriden motor cycle workers co-operative and Norton Villiers Triumph now rests on the outcome of a meeting at Small Heath on Friday. The Industry Secretary Mr. Anthony Wedgewood Benn has agreed to meet NVT's 1, 200 Small Heath workers to spell out details of the three-cornered agreement between government, the co-operative and the company. The company have said they will not sign any deal untill their Small heath workers are satisfied it will not affect their future. Hopes of an immemdiate signing suffered a set-back yesterday when Mr. Benn met the Small Heath shop stewards and stewards from NVT's Wolverhampton factory. Both the co-operative and NVT management attended the talks at the Department of Industry in London. The Meriden workers had hoped that Mr. Benn would persuade the Small heath stewards to give their approval on the spot. Co-perative leaders were today expected to report back to the 300 workers still sitting in at the plant. A further 800- out of the original 1, 700 labour force - have said they would be willing to work for the co-operative. This photo shows the Co-operative team, including Mr. Geoffrey Robinson(fifth from right) outside the Department of Industry offices in London before the talks.
5th November 1974