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Victory as Rob Williams is reinstated

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2155

Rob Williams, the sacked Unite union convenor at the Linamar (ex-Visteon) plant in Swansea, South Wales, has been reinstated.

Workers at the plant were set to begin all-out strike action tomorrow. But it seems that the threat of such militant action has forced management to back down.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” Rob told Socialist Worker. “The company obviously understood that it was in a very difficult position. They knew how determined workers were to take action and how much support we had in the union movement.

“I’m very grateful for everyone’s support. We’ve won a great victory but the struggle over the future of the plant will go on.”

A planned solidarity demonstration for this Saturday will not be going ahead.

Rob, a well-known militant and socialist, was sacked at the end of March. He and other Linamar workers believe that his sacking was part of an attempt by management to weaken the union in the run-up to attacks on workers.

Management had already indicated that they wanted to renege on an agreement to establish a final salary pension scheme for workers.

Rob was involved in building solidarity for the Visteon workers, whose occupations and protests won redundancy payments last month.

Once again, workers have shown that calling militant action wins results. This will be a crucial lesson to bear in mind in the months ahead at Linamar.

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Wed 10 Jun 2009, 12:29 BST
Issue No. 2155
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