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Workplace and TU campaigns / Linamar


RMT and TSSA members strike against cuts on the London Underground , photo Paul Mattsson

RMT and TSSA members strike

8 June 2011

Fighting the anti-strike legislation

The Con-Dems' attacks: The anti-trade union laws are important weapons in the bosses' armoury. Business secretary Vince Cable has threatened this week to make the laws even tougher, in the light of coordinated strike action. Alex Gordon, president RMT, writes.

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200 Visteon pensioners demonstrated outside parliament on Tuesday 29 March as Ford executives met MPs, photo by Mike Gard

200 Visteon pensioners demonstrated outside parliament on Tuesday 29 March as Ford executives met MPs, photo by Mike Gard

30 March 2011

Visteon pensioners demand the pensions they have earned

Up to 200 Visteon pensioners demonstrated outside parliament on Tuesday 29 March as Ford executives met MPs. Their pensions, which were originally set up by Ford, are being reduced by between 14% and 50%

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21 July 2010

Swansea Linamar

Workers at the Linamar car parts plant in Swansea voted overwhelmingly to reluctantly accept the company's closure terms, at a mass meeting on Monday 12 July...

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14 July 2010

Swansea Linamar plant: Reluctant vote for redundancy

Workers at the Linamar car parts plant in Swansea voted overwhelmingly to reluctantly accept the company's closure terms, at a mass meeting on Monday 12 July...

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8 July 2010

Linamar announces closure in Swansea: Union prepares challenge

208 workers at the Linamar plant in Swansea, and their families, face the dole as the Canadian car parts company announced the closure of the Swansea plant by the end of this year on Wednesday 7 July, writes Alec Thraves.

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Socialist Party member Rob Williams and Tony Woodley, Unite joint general secretary,  speak at a rally for Viseton workers at Unite conference 2010, photo Mike Gard

Rob Williams withTony Woodley, photo Mike Gard

16 June 2010

Come to the NSSN conference

Prepare for the battles ahead: The fourth annual conference of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) takes place in London on Saturday 26 June, writes Rob Williams (pictured left), Unite convenor, Linamar Swansea, personal capacity.

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Visteon Pensioners protest

22 January 2010

Visteon pensioners protest

About 300 Visteon pensioners from Swansea, Basildon & Enfield along with supporting trade unionists protested today outside the Welsh Assembly building in Cardiff, writes Rob Williams, Socialist Party Wales and Linamar UNITE convenor.

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28 October 2009

Ex Ford/Visteon pensioners protest in Swansea

A protest took place outside the Ford car showroom and sales centre 'Days' in Swansea. It involved well over 100 ex-Ford/Visteon pensioners from the Swansea plant which is now owned by Linamar. Most...

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30 June 2009

Justice for the Shrewsbury pickets march and rally

Speakers at the rally will include: representatives of the Shrewsbury Justice Campaign, Ricky Tomlinson, 1972 jailed picket, Arthur Scargill, NUM leader during the year long miners' strike 25 years ago, Rob Williams, victimised Linamar Swansea Unite convenor and vice chair of NSSN, and a PCS union...

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Linamar workers support sacked covneor Rob Williams, photo Sarah Mayo

Linamar workers support sacked covneor Rob Williams, photo Sarah Mayo

17 June 2009

Recent industrial disputes bring important lessons for the future

Editorial: THE VICTORY of Rob Williams, in getting his job back and being reinstated into his position as convenor of the Swansea Linamar car parts plant has tremendous lessons for the future. And it reveals, along with other struggles that have broken out in the last six months, the crucial role of conscious socialists in the workplace.

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Rob Williams addresses Linamar workers at a rally in support of him, photo Sarah Mayo

Rob Williams addresses Linamar workers at a rally in support of him, photo Sarah Mayo

17 June 2009

Victory at Linamar! Rob Williams reinstated

ROB WILLIAMS, the Unite trade union convenor at the Linamar car components factory in Swansea, Wales, has won a stunning victory in his fight for reinstatement...

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11 June 2009

Rob Williams' unconditional reinstatement is a victory for all workers

Rob Williams, leading Socialist Party member and vice-chair of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN), has won his campaign against Linamar management in Swansea, who summarily sacked him without notice for an "irretrievable breakdown of trust"...

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Rob Williams at the National Shop Stewards Network meeting after the Jobs demo in Birmingham called by the Unite trade union, photo Paul Mattsson

10 June 2009

Victory at Linamar! Rob Williams reinstated

100% Victory! Rob Williams has been unconditionally reinstated.

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10 June 2009

Reinstate Rob Williams now! Support Linamar strikers

STOP PRESS: ROB HAS BEEN REINSTATED! WORKERS AT the Linamar car components plant in Swansea are taking indefinite strike action from Thursday 11 June to get their sacked Unite trade union convenor, Rob Williams, a long-standing Socialist Party member, reinstated, writes Alec Thraves, Socialist Party secretary, Wales.

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Linamar support for Rob Williams. Photo Sarah Mayo

5 June 2009

Action to defend union rights

Update - Rob Williams reinstated. Workers at Linamar voted to strike in support of their sacked convenor.

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5 June 2009

March and rally in support of Rob Williams

LINAMAR SHOP STEWARDS COMMITTEE & SWANSEA TRADE UNION COUNCIL: March and rally

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Rob Williams, sacked Unite convenor, Linamar, photo Paul Mattsson

28 May 2009

Rob Williams gets backing of Linamar workers

Linamar workers in Swansea have voted for an all out strike in support of their sacked convenor rob Williams.

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Lobby of Unite London headquarters over the sacking of Rob Williams, Linamar convenor, photo Alison Hill

Lobby of Unite London headquarters over the sacking of Rob Williams, Linamar convenor, photo Alison Hill

20 May 2009

Reinstate Rob Williams!

Defending trade union rights: On 13 May, Swansea trades council and the Linamar shop stewards' committee, held a marvellous meeting in support of sacked Linamar convenor Rob Williams, writes Dave Reid, Socialist Party Wales.

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