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Rob Williams sacking upheld at Linamar

Issue No. 2151

Bosses at the Linamar (former Visteon) plant in Swansea have upheld the sacking of Unite union convenor Rob Williams.

The real reasons for Rob’s sacking are beginning to emerge. Brian Wade, the “group president” at Linamar, met with joint general secretary of Unite Tony Woodley last Wednesday, along with HR managers from Linamar, the regional secretary of Unite and Rob.

“The meeting very quickly became one between Wade and Woodley in which Wade made clear the company’s plans to attack workers’ terms and conditions,” Rob told Socialist Worker.

“They have sacked me because they want to weaken the union and intimidate the shop floor.”

The company has said it wants to break an agreement made with the union last year to establish a final salary pension scheme for both the workers who transferred to Linamar on Ford conditions and those who started work as Visteon employees.

It seems that the company also plans to try to drive down wages and conditions.

Rob was sacked after 140 workers were made voluntarily redundant and negotiations over pay are ongoing.

He was initially sacked at the end of April, but the sacking was temporarily suspended after Rob refused to leave the site and over 100 workers stopped work in protest.

It showed that militant tactics can force management to back down.

A strike ballot is due to begin over the next week to demand that Rob is reinstated.

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Tue 12 May 2009, 17:19 BST
Issue No. 2151
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