Everyone can do something to support the Visteon workers – whether it is taking a collection, inviting a worker to speak at a union or campaign meeting, visiting the plants or organising a protest at a local Ford showroom.
Visteon workers were given a tremendous reception at the NUT teachers’ conference in Cardiff last weekend.
Kevin Nolan, the convenor of the Visteon plant in Enfield addressed the conference on Saturday afternoon. “We may only be the ‘small people’ but we are making a stand,” he said.
“Fred Goodwin of RBS had a contract for his pension – and so did we. If the sign outside our company had said Royal Bank of Scotland instead of Visteon it would still be open.”
Kevin received two standing ovations from conference and a collection afterwards raised £1,600.
Ron, another Visteon worker, spoke at a 150-strong meeting organised by the Socialist Teachers Alliance, where £500 was raised.
He explained, “There were people in our occupation sleeping on concrete floors at the age of 60 – that’s how strongly we felt about it.
“We’ve forced Visteon back to the negotiating table. It doesn’t mean we’ve won the battle, but we’re not going away.”
Visteon workers have been building links with other groups of workers.
They spoke last week at a meeting of RMT union members from London Underground and Transport for London who had just voted overwhelmingly for strikes.
A group of workers was to visit union reps at bus garages across London on Friday of this week.
Ron said, “I think something is happening. If we’d done this a couple of years ago it wouldn’t have got the support or attention that it has done. Now people everywhere are fed up with being walked all over.”
Everyone who who wants to stop workers paying the price for the economic crisis should throw themselves into raising support for this vital struggle.
Visteon workers urgently need donations and messages of support. Rush messages of support to firstname.lastname@example.org or text to Kevin (Enfield) 07956 375 410, Frank (Basildon) 07535 417418 John (Belfast) 07816 590 380