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Sacked militant Rob Williams reinstated

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2156

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

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

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

“I’m absolutely delighted,” he told Socialist Worker. “The company obviously understood that it was in a very difficult position.

“It knew how determined workers were to take action and how much support we had in the union movement.”

Fellow workers were jubilant at the news.

“It’s great,” said Simon Skinner. “I’ve worked alongside Rob for 12 years and know how much time and effort he puts in on our behalf. It will be fantastic to see him back on the shopfloor fighting our corner again.”

Linamar workers believe Rob’s sacking was part of an attempt by management to weaken the union in preparation for new attacks on workers.

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

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

Once again, workers have shown that calling militant action wins.

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Tue 16 Jun 2009, 18:10 BST
Issue No. 2156
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