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Visteon strike over broken agreement

Issue No. 2167

Some 70 Unite union members at Visteon Engineering Services (VES) in Chelmsford, Essex, began a second three-day strike on Tuesday of last week in a dispute over the company’s refusal to honour a pay a 5.25 percent pay rise.

VES, which is owned by Visteon Corporation, has a long-standing agreement to provide terms and conditions and pay deals which mirror Ford terms.

Transferred

The pay deal was negotiated in October last year.

It is linked to the Ford pay deal which has been paid to every Ford and Visteon worker.

This including those who have transferred to other companies under Tupe regulations, which are intended to defend terms and conditions.

Brian Harris, regional officer for the Unite union, said, “VES is offering our members nothing.

“The company is riding roughshod over the workers’ contractual rights.

“The union has received legal advice and has lodged cases against the company with its solicitors.

“Unite will be using all its industrial and legal influence to restore this pay deal.

“To make matters worse, the company has paid senior managers bonuses arguing that they are contractual rights but VES is not prepared to apply the same principles to its other workers.”

A number of VES workers based at Dunton, Essex, are also on strike.

The company moved its headquarters from Basildon to Chelmsford after

occupations and protests over redundancies took place at the subsidiary company Visteon UK earlier in the year.


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Tue 1 Sep 2009, 19:16 BST
Issue No. 2167
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