Archive : British Leyland denies redundancy rumours

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

By CLIFFORD WEBB,
Midland Industrial Correspondent

Shop floor management at British Leyland plants yesterday reassured workers that reports of 30,000 redundancies in the new group during the next two years were groundless. Yesterday’s report in Business News, in which Sir Donald Stokes, chief executive of British Leyland, described the redundancy reports .as ‘..quite unfounded’, was frequently quoted to support this view.

Maurice Edelman, Labour M.P. for Coventry, North, said he had inquired into the reports and was satisfied they were without foundation. He said: ‘I deeply regret that at a time when the industry is expanding, these damaging rumours, which can only cause anxiety among the workers, should be put into circulation.’

It is widely accepted that the labour force of British Leyland will be reduced by the rationalization of products and plants, which must be done if the comrpany is to set the pace in world markets. Speculation about the size of possible cuts was inevitable, but the speculators seem to have done their sums incorrectly. It is likely they chose man-power per car produced as the yard-stick for assessing the efficiency of British Leyland. But this method contains many pitfalls, such as the ratio of staff to shop floor men

There is also another important differential in British Leyland’s case. Some 40.000 of the 110,000 labour force in B.M.C-‘where the biggest cuts will undoubtedly fall-are employed at Pressed Steel Fisher. Europe’s biggest body-builder. S.U. Carburettors and Morris Radiators, all doing a lot of work for car manufacturers outside the group in Britain and on the Continent.

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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