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Issue No. 2150

Rob Williams, Unite union convenor at the Linamar (ex-Visteon) plant in Swansea, south Wales, is continuing to fight against his sacking, which took place on Tuesday of last week.

Rob was sacked with immediate effect for allegedly “undermining the trust and confidence” of the company in him and threatening the “stability” of the plant.

Management suspended the sacking following protests by workers, including around 100 colleagues taking unofficial strike action in solidarity. But Rob now faces a meeting with the company on Wednesday of this week to review the decision.

Rob is a well-known trade union militant and socialist. Many workers believe that his sacking is politically motivated.

The factory used to be owned by Visteon until it was sold to the Canadian car parts manufacturer Linamar Corporation in 2007.

Rob told Socialist Worker, “It’s not accidental that this happens at the same time that Visteon workers are being attacked. They’ve said that it is impossible to run the plant with me as a convenor. What they mean is it’s impossible to run a plant with a union that defends its members.”

Every trade unionist must support Rob and the Linamar workers.

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Tue 5 May 2009, 18:31 BST
Issue No. 2150
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