With millions desperate to see a fightback over job losses and the bosses’ offensive, solidarity for the Visteon occupation has poured in – almost from the minute it started.
In both Belfast and Enfield local trade unionists organised to get sleeping bags and blankets to the workers on the first night.
And every day workers arrive with more food and supplies.
Kurdish and Turkish groups Daymer and Halk Cephesi have been bringing regular food parcels to Enfield. They said that they didn’t know the workers personally, but that it was important to show support because “we’re workers too”.
Workplace collections and emergency union meetings have raised thousands of pounds.
Waterford Crystal workers in Ireland, who held their own occupation to fight job cuts earlier this year, have donated a massive 5,000 euros to the occupying Visteon workers in Belfast.
The London region of the postal workers’ CWU union last week donated £200.
One teacher from north London collected £250 from her school, while a lecturer collected over £300 in just a few hours at his college – both report many donations were from workers on the lowest rates of pay.
Visteon workers have been speaking at union meetings to build support.
Bob Benham, one of the occupying workers from Enfield, spoke at a meeting organised by the UCU lecturers’ union on Thursday of last week.
People gave him a standing ovation – and collected over £400.
Over 100 people came to a Haringey Trades Council meeting in support of the Visteon workers on Monday.
Phil Wilson is one of those occupying in Enfield. He said, “Two women handed us £20 through the gate, and said, we saw you on the news and wanted to show our support. The solidarity we’ve been shown is fantastic and just never ends.”