You may know that I spent all of my working life in the Motor Industry, initially in a factory that made fuel systems for the UK motor manufacturers. We were based just outside of London.
My work colleague was an ambitious young guy called Ron Jesson, if he is still alive he will be a very old man now.
But Ron really wanted to ‘get on’ so he moved to Southport and took a new job with Triumph Cars at Speke in Liverpool, supervising the carburettor installations on the TR7 sports car.
Soon after, he called me in a state of total shock.
He said that he was experiencing hostility from his new colleagues since he was working ‘too hard’. He said that theft was rife and almost regarded as a normal perk.
The work force existed in a state of sullen anger with go slow’s, work to rule and strikes happening at the drop of a hat.
He said that if the local football team lost, that on Monday there would be mass absenteeism and acts of deliberate sabotage.
The ultimate weapon used by the production line staff if they felt like bringing the factory to a halt, was to deliberately tip a car ‘off the track’.
My Pal was rather stuck as he had moved his family to Liverpool, so he kept his head down and behaved like the others who in his view did not want to build cars at all.
TR7 production moved to the Midlands at some point but not in time to rescue the poor reputation of the vehicle.
I am sure that when the thieving saboteurs all lost their jobs, they looked for someone to blame i.e. anyone but themselves. Nothing much changes up there does it.