A big fat NO!If the chinese were to advertise for people would you go back to Longbridge and work for them?
Those responses match what I have heard from mates, so if ex Longbridge lads aren't prepared to go back how will they convince anyone to trust any future MG developments at the site.
At the end of the day its a nice idea to resurect the site and "produce new MGTFs" but will anyone want to work there?
Your absoloutely right. The last time MG Rover recruited, during the 90s sometime. There was a queue from "Q" gate down Lowhill Lane and onto the Lickey Road of people wanting application forms. The queue lasted all day and the same happened the following day.So I doubt they'll have too much trouble filling the vacancies.
I spose £15k is a fortune compared to what they are paying chinese workers.Your absoloutely right. The last time MG Rover recruited, during the 90s sometime. There was a queue from "Q" gate down Lowhill Lane and onto the Lickey Road of people wanting application forms. The queue lasted all day and the same happened the following day.
I think wages will be the main stumbling block for workers who wish to apply, they will presume they are going to go back or get a job on the £20k plus per year they were on previously, when in reality i really cant see the figure being much over around £15k per year, if that.
Saying that a job is a job, its better than the £57 per week on the dole that Mr Blair expects you to live on when you are unemployed !
The buys working at MG-Rover were picked because of the skills they had. The company paid good money to get good people - they could be choosey and chose accordingly.Why on earth would that it affect build quality?? If they employ someone on £15k that used to do the same job for MGR on £20k, are you suggesting that the worker in question will deliberately do his job worse to 'save' £5k worth of effort??
They'll employ people with skills and experience- the labour pool there is plentiful after all- the jobs will be over-subscribed. I would also hope that after working at the factory and watching the firm collapse under the weight of press horror stories of quality issues and image problems, any workers re-hired would do the best they can to make the company a success. Many people do want MG to succeed in Birmingham, and many people will try their best for their new employers to make it work. This is 2007, not 1977!!!
Sadly, that sort of attitude sums up why the manufacturing industry of this country has gone down the pan.I dont know what job you do but I wouldn't get out of bed for £15k and CERTAINLY would work my guts out on a track knowing that people used to get paid £20k for the same thing.
True, the outlay on wages was a huge contributor to the company's losses but they were stuck with the JFL clause until about 2004 IIRC. I really think they should've worked harder to remove the clause sooner and laid a few hundred workers as the plant was rather overstaffed.Perhaps if MGR hadn't been paying thousands of people £20k per annum they wouldn't have gone bust...