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The Socialist 7 April 2010

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General Election 6 May: A Socialist Challenge


Mobilise to defend the right to strike

London Underground workers balloting


Stand up for the millions, not the millionaires!

Reject the parties of cuts and privatisation

Socialist Campaign launched in Coventry

New Labour meltdown in Stoke

Making an impact in Huddersfield

Hazel Must Go! opposes cuts to Salford NHS

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition


Cuts bite in north west

March to defend the welfare state

Tories reveal yet more anti-gay bias

'Free schools' or free-for-all?

News in brief


NUT conference again calls for action on workload

Ex-Visteon workers continue fight for pensions

Industrial news in brief


Mobilise students and workers to defeat cuts and tuition fees


Kazakhstan: "change the politicians - or they will change you!"

Mass protests and strikes continue to shake Algeria

Tekel workers brutally attacked by police


The real lessons of the poll tax

 
 

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Ex-Visteon workers continue fight for pensions

Hundreds of Visteon pensioners and their supporters marched through central London on 31 March to protest against cuts in their pensions due to the greed of their previous employers, Ford.

Alec Thraves

Visteon, a car parts manufacturer, was hived off from Ford in 2000 and its workers were told that their pensions would be safe and protected for life.

When Visteon went into administration one year ago the workers were forced to occupy their factories in Belfast, Enfield, north east London, and Basildon, Essex, to get a decent redundancy deal which was ultimately won by putting pressure on Ford.

Unfortunately, the Visteon pensioners have not been bailed out by Ford and have instead seen their pensions drop dramatically under the Pension Protection Fund.

Rob Williams, Unite convenor at Linamar in Swansea (ex Ford/Visteon) told the rally outside the Unite headquarters that Visteon pensioners expect their union Unite to take this profit-driven multinational to court so that its ex-employees can get back the money that they paid into the pension fund for decades. Some pensioners are already losing up to 350 a month.

Roger Maddison, the Unite national official responsible for the dispute, said that a decision about going to court would be made on 14 April.

The protesters handed in a petition signed by 2,000 members to Downing Street and then gathered at Parliament Square for a final rally.Police prevented the demonstrators from marching on the roads but the sight of over 400 protesters wearing 'Fraud' baseball caps and t-shirts, waving placards and marching down the City of London pavements definitely highlighted the campaign to the general public as well as for tourists.

Unite has to grasp the nettle and take on this bully boy company that is attacking workers who have given their lives to the Ford Motor Company and are being repaid with a kick in the teeth.


In this issue

Defend jobs and services - Fight for a workers' alternative - Vote TUSC

General Election 6 May: A Socialist Challenge


Socialist Party editorial

Mobilise to defend the right to strike

London Underground workers balloting


Socialist Party election campaign

Stand up for the millions, not the millionaires!

Reject the parties of cuts and privatisation

Socialist Campaign launched in Coventry

New Labour meltdown in Stoke

Making an impact in Huddersfield

Hazel Must Go! opposes cuts to Salford NHS

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition


Socialist Party campaigns

Cuts bite in north west

March to defend the welfare state

Tories reveal yet more anti-gay bias

'Free schools' or free-for-all?

News in brief


Socialist Party workplace news

NUT conference again calls for action on workload

Ex-Visteon workers continue fight for pensions

Industrial news in brief


Socialist Students

Mobilise students and workers to defeat cuts and tuition fees


International socialist news and analysis

Kazakhstan: "change the politicians - or they will change you!"

Mass protests and strikes continue to shake Algeria

Tekel workers brutally attacked by police


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The real lessons of the poll tax


 

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