Sleeping men’s supervisor is dismissed
By Clifford Webb Midlands Industrial Correspondent
BL yesterday completed disciplinary hearings into the case of the sleeping paint shop men by dismissing the superintendent in charge of the day and night shifts in that area of the Rover plant at Solihull.
Mr Richard Lampett, aged 52, of Wichnor Road, Sheldon, Birmingham, was responsible for more than 300 workers, including the 13 men and two foremen who were dismissed 24 hours earlier. The 13 and one of the foremen were found in sleeping bags, blankets and makeshift bunks when senior management made a surprise visit after a tip-off.
Mr Lampett, who joined Rover 22 years ago as a tool setter, said last night: “I believe I have been treated very harshly. The case against me was brought following publicity and not on the facts.”
BL refused to comment last night, other than to confirm that an unnamed superintendent had been dismissed and an immediate appeal hearing had upheld that decision.