A fire bomb caused slight damage to the showrooms of the Italian subsidiary of the British Leyland motor company, Leyland-Innocenti, in Rome on Thursday (6 November).
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Background: A fire bomb caused slight damage to the showrooms of the Italian subsidiary of the British Leyland motor company, Leyland-Innocenti, in Rome on Thursday (6 November).
The bomb was aimed at the display windows of the showrooms near the Grand Hotel in the Italian capital. A note was left from an unknown group of agitators.
The bomb coincides with serious disruptions at the Leyland factory near Milan where one third of the workers have been threatened with dismissal.
The Italian Government has asked the Leyland Motor Company to postpone the proposed sacking of 1,500 worker and is believed to have drawn up a scheme to give the workers alternative employment.
Innocenti Managing Director, Mr. Percy Plant, has warned that ir the Government does not announce its plans immediately, the sacking will go ahead.
Leyland's Italian subsidiary lost GBP104 million (208 million US dollars) this year, but Mr. Plant denies that his true mission is to liquidate Leyland's entire operation in Italy as he did in Spain.
In addition to reducing the number of workers by on third, Leyland is also demanding more work from those who remain pointing out that a car can be built in their British plant for one third less than the time needed in Milan.