Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/578/7232

From The Socialist newspaper, 5 May 2009

Visteon workers show: Action gets results

Visteon workers at Enfield during occupation of plant, photo Paul Mattsson

Visteon workers at Enfield during occupation of plant, photo Paul Mattsson

Sacked workers at the three closed Visteon UK plants in Enfield (London), Basildon (Essex), and Belfast (Northern Ireland) have won a momentous victory, a substantial financial package from their bosses.
They will end their pickets and occupations as soon as the money is in the bank.
Frank Jepson, Unite union convenor of Visteon Basildon, spoke to The Socialist giving the workers' reaction and explaining what happened during the course of their battle.

"The most important thing we have achieved is bringing Visteon and Ford to their knees, forcing them into a u-turn.

We've also achieved everyone standing together - Visteon workers and workers around the country, all stood together. I've only been convenor since 31 January.

The other guys gave me the confidence to do what I've done. Their trust in me and their willingness to make a stand has led to what we've achieved.

We've got a responsibility to carry on from this point. We need to try and hold together as a group, to support other people in the position we were in, to help make changes in order to protect other people from being exploited by capitalist corporations.

Basildon sacked Visteon car workers demonstrate, photo Greg Maughan

Basildon sacked Visteon car workers demonstrate, photo Greg Maughan

I don't want to stand still, I want to continue on the path of change, we need to continue stepping forward. Our victory shows that if you're determined to make a stand, you can beat the big companies. 600 workers beat Ford and Visteon. That's massive, a real David and Goliath.

I was totally confident we would get to this point, against all the odds, because of the determination and resolve, the refusal to stop no matter how many times they tried to demoralise us.

Our union leaders wouldn't have done this without feeling the pressure from us. We need unity in the ranks. This should give the leadership the spring, the push to fight other battles.

I'm standing as a No2EU - Yes to Democracy candidate in the European elections in June because of the lack of protection for employees by the government.

The anti-trade union laws are still in place despite the Labour government. We need change and I'm now in a position to do something about that."

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 5 May 2009:

Visteon workers show: Action gets results

Visteon UK struggle: the story of what happened

Visteon: Editorial comment


Defend victimised trade unionist

Rob Williams sacked by brutal bosses

Editorial: Decisive action needed against victimisations

Defend victimised trade unionist

Defending a shop steward, in spite of the anti-union laws

National Shop Stewards Network national conference


No 2 EU - Yes to Democracy

How can the BNP really be defeated?

Support for No2EU at Usdaw conference


Socialist Party news and analysis

Swine flu: The real issues behind the headlines


May Day

Workers look for alternative to bankrupt capitalism

Widespread protests in Pakistan

Thousands demonstrate in Hong Kong

Bigger May Day demos in Sweden this year

CWI Germany calls for a one-day strike


International socialist news and analysis

ANC returned to power in election landslide


Socialist Party campaigns

Save Lewisham Bridge Defend education

Youth fight for jobs: Launch conference

Youth fight for jobs website

Fight to save higher education

Save linguistics at Sussex!

Keep fighting for further education funding


 

Home   |   The Socialist 5 May 2009   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Visteon:

triangleFord workers vote for action

trianglePotential new steel bosses refuse to take on pensions

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleFinal meeting of Swansea Visteon pensioners

triangleWorkplace news in brief

Basildon:

triangleUnite takes legal action against Argos

triangleEssex FBU fight lockout

triangleClacton Tory MP defects to Ukip

triangleArgos workers strike for work-life balance

Enfield:

triangleEnfield North: Open treachery from right wing Labour candidate

triangleLabour group to discipline councillors for resisting Haringey gentrification scheme

triangleNorth London Socialist Party: Middle East in crisis

Occupations:

triangleLSE victory

triangle'Nurses are angry and we are ready for action'

Unite:

triangleSadiq Khan's bus drivers' London licence doesn't go far enough

Belfast:

triangleThe Socialist inbox

Northern Ireland:

triangleBrexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

London:

triangleTower Hamlets Socialist Party: 120 years since the death of Eleanor Marx

Ford:

triangleVote for action to save Ford plant

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

21/2/18

Mansfield

Chatsworth ward victory shows we can save our NHS

20/2/18

Manchester

After 80 strike days Mears workers achieve victory

19/2/18

Walthamstow

Building the campaign against clearances of the working class

16/2/18

Haringey

No fudge with the right wing

15/2/18

TUSC

TUSC statement on sentencing of Derby TUSC agent

14/2/18

Haringey

Haringey protests HDV - but Labour fails to kill it off completely

14/2/18

UCU

Uni strike: coordinate public sector fightback

14/2/18

Cardiff

Enjoyable and successful Cardiff Refugee Rights gig

14/2/18

Carlisle

Carlisle debate - socialism or social democracy?

14/2/18

Firefighters

Staines fire services saved

14/2/18

Surrey

Threat of action defeats pay cut at Surrey council

14/2/18

Woolwich

Woolwich Crossrail walkouts to demand promised bonuses

14/2/18

London

Sadiq Khan's bus drivers' London licence doesn't go far enough

14/2/18

Mansfield

Stop press: victory - campaign saves NHS rehab ward

8/2/18

Newham

Teachers strike again as anti-academy pressure mounts

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0191 421 6230

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999