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Ordinary people rally to back ongoing Visteon occupation in Belfast

14 April 2009
The occupation of the Visteon plant in Belfast is now into its third week.

Project Protea: The plan to close Belfast

07 April 2009
It is clear that Visteon management were preparing for the closure of the Belfast plant as early as January 2007.

Occupy to save jobs

07 April 2009
Workers at the Visteon car components manufacturing plants in Belfast, Enfield and Basildon are fighting for justice after they were sacked last week. The workers in Belfast and Enfield occupied their sites.

Belfast: United in the jobs struggle

07 April 2009
Within an hour of being told by Visteon that they were sacked, workers at the company’s Belfast plant were holding protests and appealing for solidarity.

Lifting the lid on Visteon, KPMG and the fat cats behind the cuts

01 April 2009
The company that summarily sacked 600 workers leading to occupations in Belfast, Basildon and Enfield is Visteon UK. It a wholly owned subsidiary of US-based Visteon Corporation.

Visteon protests spread as Enfield and Basildon workers occupy

01 April 2009
The occupations and protests against job cuts at Visteon spread this morning from Belfast to sites in Britain.

Visteon car workers in Belfast occupy against cuts

31 March 2009
Some 200 workers have occupied the Visteon car parts plant in Belfast, Northern Ireland, against job cuts.

Loyalist bigots whip up race attacks in Northern Ireland

31 March 2009
Some of the festering sectarianism that still dominates Northern Ireland came to the fore last weekend with more than a dozen racist attacks on migrants' homes in Belfast.

Thousands at Pride in Belfast

05 August 2008
Belfast saw its biggest ever Gay Pride event last Saturday as thousands of LGBT people and their supporters took to the streets to protest against the anti-gay Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MP Iris Robinson.

Unite NHS day of action

22 July 2008
Members of the Unite union working in the NHS organised a national day of action over the three-year below-inflation pay deal imposed on health workers. Union members in London, Brighton, Norwich, Liverpool, Manchester, Nuneaton, Leeds, Poole, Belfast and Nottingham all held protests.

Raytheon Nine trial starts

21 May 2008
The trial of the Raytheon Nine got underway after a number of delays and postponements on Tuesday at Laganside Court in Belfast.

Raytheon Nine trial set to start

20 May 2008
The trial of the "Raytheon Nine" anti-war activists is set to start this week in Belfast, and last for up to six weeks.

NUJ annual conference dodges the critical issues

08 April 2008
Delegates to the NUJ journalists' union conference were thrilled to hear reports of solid picket lines at the Express and Star's two centres when they gathered in Belfast for their annual conference last week.

Belfast against bigots

05 February 2008
On one of the coldest nights of January, about 50 people protested in Belfast outside the "Passion for Life" tour organised by Tory MP Ann Widdecombe and other anti-abortion parliamentarians.

Did Unite back sacked Belfast airport workers?

28 August 2007
Security workers from Belfast International Airport got compensation of £600,000 after being sacked following a strike over pay. However, four shop stewards say that the T&G union (now Unite) failed to back them.

The British army’s campaign against Catholics in Northern Ireland

08 August 2007
The British army ceased active duty on the streets of Northern Ireland last week – 38 years after they first arrived in Belfast and Derry. This was called Operation Banner.

Pat Finucane murder: outrage at 'no prosecutions' announcement

26 June 2007
The government stand accused of a cover-up after it was revealed police and soldiers would not be prosecuted over the death of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.

1907 Belfast strike showed the power to end the sectarian divide

15 May 2007
Much was made last week of the politicians of Northern Ireland coming together apparently to bring peace. But 100 years ago, there was a far more inspiring and grassroots example of people coming together in Ireland, which is rarely written about in the mainstream press.

Division and poverty behind Northern Ireland legacy claims

08 May 2007
Tony Blair flew into Belfast this week to witness the handing over of control of Northern Ireland to an executive led by Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionists with Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuiness serving as his deputy. The retiring prime minister is keen to claim peace in Northern Ireland as part of his legacy.

Northern Ireland post workers

11 March 2006
Derry Derry postal workers in Northern Ireland are threatening industrial action if Royal Mail forces through a cost-cutting proposal to transfer its mail transport service from the city to Belfast.

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