Archive : Why ‘Red Robbo’ had to go

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists


THE boss of Austin Morris told yesterday why he sacked former shop floor workmate “Red Robbo.” Managing director Harold Musgrove, who started with Robinson as a teenage apprentice at Birmingham’s giant Longbridge plant , vowed.: “There’s no possibility of him coming back.”

He added : “This is not an attack on trade unionism. We could not continue with the situation where individuals are continuing disruption which could risk the livelihood of every single member of the workforce. Mr Robinson has not been disciplined as a result of his position at Longbridge, but as a result of his activities as chairman of an unoffcial body which we have been advised by the unions not to recognise. After our 7 -1 vote in favour of the Edwardes plan no one can claim that Mr Robinson’s views were representative of the feelings on the shop floor.”

When Mr Musgrove took over in the summer, he decided to take workers into his confidence by showing them top secret plans of new cars. “There was an emotional and enthusiastic response,”

he said but Mr Robinson did not turn up at any of the 19 presentations. Now he is hoping the same “total commitment” shown by other employees will help crush the unofficial strike that is demanding Mr Robinson’s reinstatement.

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created 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.
Keith Adams

1 Comment

  1. Had this not happened BL wouldnot have morphed into AR,i have read a story in CAR magazine with the usual suspects,robbo,Edwards etc and it was a brilliant story reading everyone whom was involved take on things.

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