Derek Robinson is born in Cradley Heath, Staffordshire.
Joins Austin as an apprentice toolmaker at Longbridge.
Becomes a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain.
Bankrupt British Leyland is nationalised and Robinson becomes union convener.
Michael Edwardes is appointed to head British Leyland, and instigates changes.
Robinson is dismissed from BL after refusing to disassociate himself from a leaflet criticising BL management.
AEWU’s call for an official strike in support for Robinson’s reinstatement is rejected 10 to 1.
New working practices and agreements mean that the new Austin Metro is launched and a period of relative success follows.
BL’s final reincarnation, MG Rover, collapses.