Seconded. Tony Benn as one of the key supporters of the formation of British Leyland did more than anyone else to screw up the car industry in this country. And lets not forget that this great champion of the miners closed a large number of pits while Energy Secretary. After the miners strike had ended he tried to introduce a bill to pardon all the miners arrested during the strike period, including the two charmers who dropped a concrete block onto the taxi driver, David Wilkie.
When Argentina invaded the Falklands he didn't support an invasion to get them back, but wanted the UN to deal with it. Military dictatorships aren't known for doing what the UN says...
A legend indeed.
british leyland might have worked if it wasn't so polarised between sweatshop-owning masters and commie trade unions.
a bit of sensible dialogue would have sufficed.
ie factory owner says...OK, here's the deal...we are losing market share because quite frankly our cars are getting a reputation for being unreliable and the engineering is better on the continent...I'll make you a deal.
...improve your quality/reliability and get us a 20% improvement on our present sales/profitability(with repeat business),
I'll give employees a blanket 20% profit share-not an annual pay rise..because the market can and will fluctuate..but a performance related incentive.(or you can mix and match that 20% with some better working practices...in fact if you choose that route the company will match that percentage as it will aid us as well as you.
that means if you fail, you do not get any sweeties.end of.
we work together, we will both benefit but there are no free lunches.
Edited by oracle, 15 March 2014 - 07:18 PM.