Archive for May, 1979
THE GUARDIAN COWLEY WIZARD WILL HEAD HONDA TIE UP Mr Andrew Barr. a tough 41-year-old Scot, who ran BL’s Cowley assembly plant while it became one of Leyland’s most successful factories , has landed another important job. He is to be manufacturing director for Rover Triumph. His responsibilities will include the British version of the [...]
DAILY MIRROR Leyland Wage Deal By Terry Pattinson Leyland shop stewards gave the go-ahead yesterday for a parity pay deal which will mean rises of up to £12 a week for 45,000 workers. The 400 senior stewards meeting in Birmingham agreed to parity being introduced plant-by plant for workers who reach productivity targets. About half [...]
DAILY EXPRESS HONDA TAKES THE WHEEL FOR NEW TRIUMPH By David Benson British Leyland and Japan’s Honda motor company are to join forces to produce a new Triumph car, it was disclosed yesterday. Japanese designed, it will have a Honda engine and transmission and be built on licence at Canley, Coventry. But pressings for the [...]
DAILY EXPRESS LEYLAND ‘IGNORES FACTORY THEFT RACKET’ British Leyland was said yesterday to be letting pilfering employees “get away with it.”. A detective claimed that the State-owned cat firm wrote off a fixed amount each year for theft. He was giving evidence at Worcester Crown Court against six warehousemen who were said to have stolen [...]
DAILY EXPRESS DELIVERY MEN’S THREAT Production of Austin Morris cars was threatened last night by a strike of delivery drivers. The dispute is at Cartransport, which delivers a third of the vehicles produced at the Cowley, Oxford, factory. The drivers have already turned down an offer, described by management as 25 per cent. Car transporter [...]
The General Election brought to power Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative party which embraced the new free market philosophy. It therefore became more imperative that BL became a viable concern, independent of state aid.