Socialist Worker

Solidarity with Visteon must spread

Issue No. 2146

Visteon’s administrator, KPMG, has continued the contemptuous treatment of the workers.

It took Kevin Nolan and Piers Hood, the Unite union convenor and deputy convenor at the Enfield site, to court on Monday of this week for failing to comply with an earlier eviction order.

This could have resulted in them being sent to jail. But it failed – to the delight of the workers and their supporters.

However, KPMG has been granted a repossession order for the factory in Enfield.

A crucial debate over the way forward for the dispute is raging. Union convenors from across Ford and Visteon were meeting in London as Socialist Worker went to press.

Union officials were set to travel to the US for talks with Visteon’s senior management on Wednesday.

Steve Hart, Unite’s regional secretary, said that he believes the Enfield occupation would continue until after the talks, at least until Thursday of this week.

But as one occupying worker at Enfield put it, “If the talks come to nothing, they’ll get trouble.”

United

Some union officials have also raised the possibility of spreading solidarity action across Ford.

Dave Osborne, Unite’s national secretary for vehicle building, warned, “Action will spread not just into the Visteon plants but into Ford and right across Britain.”

Many car workers see that a united fight across different companies will bring the best chance of beating the bosses’ assault on their jobs, pay and conditions.

Steve Walker, a worker at Ford’s Dagenham plant, joined a rally in solidarity with the occupying Visteon workers in Enfield last Saturday.

“The stand that the workers are taking is really good,” he told Socialist Worker. “I’d be doing the same in their position.

“Ford workers should be downing tools right across the board. We’re all Ford workers as far as I’m concerned.”

Visteon workers have shown fantastic strength, initiative and organisation.

They have won support across the trade union movement and there is potential for this to increase.

They have pushed the bosses onto the defensive. They should use their advantage to argue for the struggle to spread to other car workers.

Rush messages of support to steve.hart@unitetheunion.com or text to Kevin (Enfield) 07956 375 410, Des (Basildon) 07814 432 215 and John (Belfast) 07816 590 380.

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