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Interviews with sacked Visteon workers in Enfield

by Sadie Robinson and Charlie Kimber reporting from Enfield
Issue No. 2145

Elma Walker (left) and Paul Walker (Pics: Charlie Kimber)

Elma Walker (left) and Paul Walker (Pics: Charlie Kimber)

Elma Walker and her husband Paul have both worked at the Visteon car components plant for over 20 years.

They were made redundant along with the bulk of other staff there yesterday.

'It comes as a kick in the teeth,' Elma told Socialist Worker.

'People worked on Monday and Tuesday and were told afterwards that they weren't going to get paid for it.

'We were just made immediately redundant with no redundancy package. The meeting was horrible – my brother works here too and he was in tears.

'I've worked here for 21 years and I've never been out of work. I don't know how to go about sorting out benefits. The main thing now is to keep a roof over our heads and feed our three children. It was a struggle when we were working, so I don't know how we'll manage now.

'The worst thing about it is the way we were treated – that's why we're so angry. There's no humanity in it – they wouldn't even let us stay to empty our lockers.

Toni Tagliarini and Tina Dhanjar have both worked at Visteon in Enfield for 32 years. Tina told Socialist Worker about the process that led to the workers being sacked.

'Yesterday at 1pm we were told there would be a meeting in an hour's time. At that meeting we were told we were finished – no redundancy pay, no notice, our pensions frozen.

'We've poured all that work into this operation and now we've been thrown aside with nothing. It can't be right that people are allowed to get away with this – that's why we're demanding justice.'

Visteon used to be part of Ford until it was spun off in 2000. 'Because we've been here so long we are still on Ford contracts,' said Toni. 'That should mean we get proper consultation and payment, but that's all been ignored.

'We want the plant to stay open, we want work and jobs – but we are certainly also demanding our rights over redundancy pay and everything else we are owed.'

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Toni Tagliarini (left) and Tina Dhanjar

Toni Tagliarini (left) and Tina Dhanjar

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