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Union to Ford - we should be in the driving seat

How about this for hubris:

"Unions must be involved in all stages of the intended sale of Jaguar Land Rover including any final decision on who will buy the iconic British brands. The demand has been made by Tony Woodley, joint general secretary of the T&G Unite".

It gets better though - "the last thing that you should consider is an auction in which the highest bidder wins".

Good job he is up to snuff on company law, isn't it? He also has a five point plan including that Ford should "Retain a sizeable financial stake in any new company established to take over Jaguar Land Rover".

Fair to say that Tone has been wasting his time, although he adds that "my union will have no hesitation in calling on the UK government to directly intervene if it is necessary to ensure the long term future of manufacturing plants". Given all those lovely votes to be had in and around the plants, I imagine we can expect a replay of the MG Rover farce. Now if only Alchemy Partners had not been stymied, MG would doubtless be making rather more cars than Longbridge will under Nanjing Auto's ownership.

Meanwhile, apparently Woodley is the president of Vauxhall Motors FC....

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Blogger Ed said... 11:57 am

Will Brown be able to keep his micro-managing interfering interventionist sticky fingers out of the sale? No wonder we don't have much engineering left.  



Anonymous Nomad said... 2:53 pm

What happens if no buyer(s) can be persuaded to take on a workforce led by such a man? Presumably the present owners will simply cut their losses and close down the facilities, thus rendering Woodie and his members unnecessary to future activity. Such foresight seems entirely to become modern union "management".  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 1:32 pm

The Trade Unions still don't understand that businesses exist to make a profit, not to create employment for their members. You'd have thought that they might have got the message by now, but seemingly they still can't quite manage to move onwards from the bad old 1970's.  



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