Business: Last Chance for Leyland

Workers greet a new boss by voting for reform

Britain's biggest automaker is still deep in trouble, but a new boss and a turn toward moderation by its fractious workers are strengthening its chances to stay in business. When the Labor government reluctantly agreed to take over nearly bankrupt British Leyland Motor Corp. in 1975, it publicly warned the maker of Jaguar, Morris, Triumph and Rover cars that it would not throw good money after bad. The price of government cash for new-car development and badly overdue plant modernization was to be an end to the constant bickering that has pitted unions...

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