Monday, October 27, 2008

Are they taking the piss?

14 comments:

Gareth said...

I wonder if the DBERR staff will again gather in the foyer to hail Mandy's triumphant return once he gets back to Blighty.

Matthew Cain said...

Isn't JCB owned by a big Tory donor?

dizzy said...

Think you're missing the point i was making

GarethS said...

Well according to the Grauniad, in a beautifully snidey sign-off, he's staying in a £4,200 a night hotel suite. Hope we're not picking up the tab!!!

I'm sure you'll spot it in the register of members' interests soon enough Dizz. Maybe. This does have the stink of rotting raw prawns doesn't it.

Curly said...

Can they manage to sail yachts up the River Volga?

Alex said...

yes, but not as much as Gordon Brown

http://alexmasterley.blogspot.com/2008/10/not-only-is-pm-wrong-but-also-he-has-no.html

Anonymous said...

I'm missing the point, shouldn't a Government minister praise UK company for winning business?

i hate labour said...

Would that be a Deripaska owned company?

Anonymous said...

You were making a point? How clever of you Dizzy.

Glyn H said...

Useful for digging holes! Hope he had the right visa this time. Bet the Bamfords would welcome Lord M to their factory but not on their holidays; but they are proper people.

Anonymous said...

I think I've missed the point too - what is it? That he seemed to be claiming credit?

dizzy said...

geez, it was the headline and the fact that he was Russia given his recent issues with said country etc etc. It's like a "yah boo ner!" headline. :rolleyes:

GarethS said...

I got it. Still wonder about the £4,200 gaff though. If it puts the shits up the Grauniad it must be bad. How many hints do YOU need DizzY?????????

Anonymous said...

Heres why JCB are shedding workers the Russians have pulled out of an order representing 3 months work. Snippet comes from Burton Mail.
Workers fear more job losses at JCB
by RICHARD CASTLE
JCB workers were again fearing for their jobs today as management and union bosses held crisis talks on their future.

One anonymous employee is unhappy with the options he has been given and the way JCB has gone about making cuts.

He said: "Last week a deal to sell 350 diggers to a Russian company fell through so the units were sent back.

"So now we have all these diggers we need to sell and they represent three months' work which is already done.

"Now bosses are saying they have to act quickly and sort out the money they stand to lose from the deal.

"What they've said is we can work 31 hours a week or continue with 39 and incur 400 redundancies.

"But the managers are all on a salary so they will presumably get paid the same but only work four days.

"It's a shambles how they're going about it. The bosses don't talk to us and we feel like it's us against them at the minute."

JCB's representative for the GMB union, Gordon Richardson, said: "What we're here to do is protect these workers' jobs and, if that means cutting their hours, there might be some mileage in that."

The redundancies and talks come despite the announcement of record profits in 2007 and improved sales in Brazil and Russia.