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Visteon workers occupy against redundancies

Issue No. 2145

Workers at the car plant manufacturer Visteon have responded magnificently to being summarily sacked.

In Belfast and Enfield in North London workers are occupying their factories, while in Basildon in Essex workers are protesting outside the plant.

Workers are demanding action to save over 560 jobs at the three plants.

On Tuesday workers were called into meetings to be told that their jobs had gone. Belfast occupied immediately followed by Enfield the following day.

The sackings come despite a promise from Ford, Visteon’s former owner and main customer, that workers would receive the same redundancy deals as those of Ford’s directly employed workers.

The protests have grown alongside solidarity and support from other trade unionists.

This is a crucial battle that can shape the way that ordinary people respond to the effects of the recession, and trade unionists should urgently send messages of support and donations to the Visteon workers.

Send messages of support to steve.hart@unitetheunion.com

Text messages of support to Des (Basildon) 07814432215 John (Belfast) 07816 590 380 Kevin (Enfield) 07956 375 410.

Download the » Visteon workers collection sheet

Download Socialist Worker's » Visteon leaflet

Day by day reports of the occupation:


Tuesday

» Visteon car workers in Belfast occupy against cuts


Wednesday

» Visteon protests spread as Enfield and Basildon workers occupy

» Picture of workers' occupation at Visteon Enfield

» Interviews with sacked Visteon workers in Enfield

» A day in occupation: report from Visteon's Enfield plant


Thursday

» Thursday morning at the Visteon occupations

» Anger and solidarity at Visteon Basildon protest


Friday

» Visteon occupation into third day


Saturday

» Video interviews with Visteon occupiers in Enfield


Background

» Lifting the lid on Visteon, KPMG and the fat cats behind the cuts


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