Blog for the occupation of the Visteon Ford car parts plant in Enfield, north London which began when 200 workers were dismissed with no redundancy pay.
Sacked workers from the car parts firm Visteon have been occupying three factories across the UK since Wednesday.
The action began with an overnight sit-in at the Visteon plant in Belfast and employees are continuing their protest at the factory. More than 100 workers have staged a sit-in, the Unite trade union has said. Earlier, it was announced that 565 staff would go at Visteon car components plants across the UK. Most of the jobs have been lost with immediate effect and two hundred jobs will go at the Belfast factory.
KPMG said it had no alternative but to close the factory and the two others in Basildon and Enfield in England. Administrators have been called in to the factory which is the former Ford plant. Visteon has a total workforce of 600 in the United Kingdom.
Unite convenor John Maguire said the workers at the plant had “been treated disgracefully”.
“We have been left with no choice but to occupy the factory to save our jobs and to defend jobs for the people of Belfast,” he said.
Fifty people who were sacked on Tuesday are now on the roof of the Enfield plant. Others are holding a sit-in at the plant in Basildon in Essex.
The protesters claimed the company’s former owner and main customer, Ford, had promised redundancy contracts which they now want to see honoured.
If anyone can help, essentials such as sleeping bags, kitchen
utilities and of course, money (cheques can be sent to PO Box 2474,
London, N8, addressed to the HSG, who will give the money over) are
needed. Also, our support. You can turn up whenever, and even sleep
the night. This is an important event, so anyone that can get down
there and show some solidarity, do so.
These are particular dates of note, all of which people are asked to
Mon 6 April
* Monday morning – possibility of people turning up to take away
equipment in factory. People will be needed to prevent this, but no
idea of time at the moment.
* Monday 9.30am at the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand. High
Court injunction hearing at 10.30am.
* Haringey & Enfield Trade Councils meeting 7.30pm at the North
London Community Centre, 22 Moorefield Rd, N17 6PY. Bruce Grove
Tues 7 April
* 10am Boss/Union meeting at Transport House, 128 Theobald’s Road, Holborn
Wed 8 April
* Wednesday: meeting in U.S. between Unite & Ford US
* Family Day at the factory – Wednesday noon.