“We’re in a fight we can’t afford to lose,” says Trevor, one of the sacked workers from Visteon’s Basildon plant. “This is not just our battle. It has a knock-on effect for workers at other firms and people in the same boat as us.”
Trevor is one of a group of workers from Basildon that has been building support for their dispute by going out to collect at other workplaces and winning support from other trade unionists.
Most of the money raised so far has come from individual donations.
“The donations are very important,” Trevor adds. “We raised £850 in a bucket collection at the tractor plant in Basildon. And the union there made it up to £1,000.”
The workers have also been to several colleges in London to speak to trade unionists, including to London Metropolitan University where workers there are fighting huge job losses.
Workers are still maintaining a picket outside the plant.
They have also taken their fight to Ford with lively pickets outside Ford showrooms.
The workers were set to speak at a meeting in Basildon for supporters on Wednesday of this week.
A couple of the Visteon workers also joined a Socialist Worker stall in Basildon town centre on Saturday and collected £200 from passers-by.