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Cameron has little faith in skills of UK workforce.

IN February 1993, in company with more than 500 employees of Leyland DAF, Ward End, Birmingham 8, I was made redundant at the age of 55.

The company was producing excellent vans and was a profitmaking enterprise, unlike the parent company, DAF of the Netherlands, which went into liquidation, but not before it had repeatedly drained profits from the Ward End Company to prop up its own failure.

The original link with DAF had seemed like a lifesaver and undoubtedly kept me and many others in work for a number of years, but the truth was that DAF saw the Ward End Branch as a cash cow, and when they had taken all they could and were still going to the wall, we were on our own.

To save Leyland DAF, the management entered into that most dangerous and fragile of enterprises, a management buy-out.

They had to reduce the workforce by 50 per cent and retain only the most efficient of the workforce in order to have any chance at all of success. Because the branch and its workforce were basically sound and the product was excellent, against all the odds the management buy-out worked and the company continued in operation, selling across the world in spite of the depredations of DAF.

Mr Cameron has so little faith in the skills and enterprise of the workforces in the many fields of industry and commerce in the UK that he sees this country as incapable of survival without the protectionist policies which are the basic principles of the EU, but at the time of his "re-negotiation of terms" he clearly stated that "the UK could certainly survive and prosper outside the EU".

Now he says that the key automotive sector in the West Midlands will be under threat if we leave the EU, conveniently forgetting that it was under threat while we were and are in the EU!

It is fortunate that Mr Cameron is only the Prime Minister, supposedly concerned for this country.

If he was the CEO of a company dependent upon trade, the entire workforce would be quaking in their boots in the face of such vacillation! Douglas Sabin, Erdington

Because the branch and its workforce were basically sound and the product was excellent, against all the odds the management buy-out worked Douglas Sabin

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Date:Jun 17, 2016
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