Managers sacked at Rover over bribe claim

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Three managers at Rover were dismissed yesterday for allegedly demanding a bribe in return for signing a worker's redundancy application.

Three managers at Rover were dismissed yesterday for allegedly demanding a bribe in return for signing a worker's redundancy application.

Sources inside the Longbridge car plant said that other workers were now coming forward making similar accusations against managers. A spokeswoman for the company said an inquiry had shown that it was an isolated incident.

The three senior employees were suspended last week from the Longbridge plant pending an investigation into claims by one of their subordinates that they had sought 10 per cent of any severance money he might receive. In that case they would have stood to gain £2,400.

The company would say only that the men had been dismissed. All three will have the opportunity to appeal.

Rover has been seeking volunteers to trim the Longbridge workforce by up to 1,000 since the sale of the firm by the German car company BMW to the Phoenix group.

One union source said that staff were initially told by managers that they were too valuable to lose, but they were subsequently approached "on the quiet" and told they could go in return for 10 per cent of the severance payment.

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