Socialist Worker

Project Protea: The plan to close Belfast

Issue No. 2146

It is clear that Visteon management were preparing for the closure of the Belfast plant as early as January 2007.

Workers at the site were given just six minutes notice of the plant’s closure last week.

But a secret Visteon report entitled “Project Protea” discusses the development of “duplicate sources for all the Belfast product lines by the end of 2007”.

Despite all the claims that the company has no links to Ford, the document states, “Engage Ford for assistance in transferring products to new locations.”

The report blames the workers for all the problems. It declares, “Belfast’s financial performance is impaired by uncompetitive labour cost.”

Managers involved aimed to “minimise information leaks by creating isolated project teams”.

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