Thursday, 1 December 2011

Ford, British Leyland and Fleet St Print Chapels

The 1975 Employment Protection Act obliged employers to allow paid employees time-off to carry out Trade Union duties. This actually just recognised and enshrined in law the position then obtaining at the vast Midlands auto plants, and in Fleet Street, where the papers paid 'protection' money to the print chapels that included many TU officials drawing full wage packets without doing a stroke of work. 

Folk forget it was the much-despised Murdoch who broke the back of these practices when he moved NI to Wapping. The car plants just became insolvent and disappeared. The law is an anachronistic little bit of Socialist legislation way beyond its sell-by date and needs to be quietly scrapped. 

Cameron's announcement yesterday that it was to go in the public sector (and presumably the private sector, too) was just common sense. 


Anonymous said...

Well said Raedwald, time to weed out these skiving, conniving wasters who do nowt but agitate and spoil and whine - architypal Marxist scum.

Nick Drew said...

yes, as Bron Waugh said - for Wapping, Murdoch deserves a dukedom ... but for everything else he deserves the outer darkness

Savonarola said...

Brithish Leyland brought to its knees by Red Robbo. UK motor industry destroyed by Red Robbo clones aided and abetted by gutless politicians of all hues.Shame on us for allowing this to happen.

Savonarola said...

PS And remember too Eddie Shah of The Messenger who provided the template and inspiration for Murdoch to drive the stake through the Fleet Street mafia. Shah did the hard yards.
It took another non Caucasian Brit to show some balls as well. Grunwick stood firm against the strikers and pickets.

Budgie said...

Hmmm, not quite, the fate of the British car industry was not just due to Red Robbo, the 1975 EPA, or anything else as simple.

In the 1950s and 1960s the governments of the day, instead of adjusting interest rates to regulate the economy, used the supply of credit. So one day you could buy a car with 25% deposit, the next you would need 33%.

This played havoc with the rigid mass production methods of the day (no kanban then). So the car firms refined the technique of needling the unions because a strike was cheaper than stockpiling or laying off.

The long term effect of this was an increasingly hostile standoff between management and unions, and a demoralised workforce. The Marxist fellow travelers merely exploited the situation.

The real culprits were the politicians. But they handled the propaganda and got away with it. Just like today where gradually the bankers are accruing the blame rather than the useless politicians.

Greg Tingey said...

VERY VERY wrong.

Once upon a day, I was a "shop steward" for some time, in a US-owned multinational - I got LOTS of people to join the Union - by offering them "opt-out" cards (So they DID NOT PAY any money to the LieBour party)
Needless to say, some of the more, erm, "political" union people weren't happy with this, and oddly enough, neither were "management" when they found out.
Becuse it meant I couldn't be pigeonholed as a "lefty" - because I'm not.
What scared them even more was my statement that "If management were competent, unions would be unnecessary." ( Competent being also taken to include FAIR & REASONABLE - oops. )

As for the car plants, most of them are, in fact still there, and doing quite nicely.
What has changed?
Land-Rover - owned by Tata steel - rescued from Ford and the vile incompetent British Leyland and "lord" Stokes - what a tosser!Morris are now called Mini and are doing well, owned by BMW.
Then there's Nissan & Honda ....
Funny that - the same unions are in those workplaces, the same workers, and only the management has changed, and, er ....
I strongly suggest you think again.

Look at LUL vs RMT (Bob Crowe)
Why is the same so-called "militancy" not seen elsewhere?
Because LUL "management" are loud-mouthed bullies, that's why.
If they treat their staff they way they treat the paying public (and apparently they do) it is no suprise that the staff don't like it.

Sorry, but your basic analysis is completely unbalanced.

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