Solidarity with Ford-Visteon workers in Spain, Brixton - this Friday

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Aug 17 2011 13:33
Solidarity with Ford-Visteon workers in Spain, Brixton - this Friday


Brownes of London
349-351 Norwood Road, Brixton, London SE27 9BQ

15:00pm on Friday 19th August

This is a picket as part of an international day of solidarity with workers at the Ford-Visteon factory in Cádiz, Spain, who are fighting against the closure of their car factory and their subsequent redundancies.

Visteon are claiming that the factory's closure is necessary due to bankruptcy, but this fools no one. They tried the same trick in 2009 in the UK, when Visteon bosses created new businesses in order to transfer their p...rofits being closing all three of their factories. It was an attempt to avoid paying severance or pensions to their employees, but the factory workers responded by occupying the sites in Enfield, Basildon and Belfast. They received their severance but are still struggling for their legally-entitled pension contributions in the European Court in Strasbourg. In Spain, the workers, many of whom are with the anarcho-syndicalist union, the CNT, don't buy Visteon's tales of financial hardship, remembering that Visteon itself is a subsidiary of Ford. This is why we believe that it is ultimately Ford themselves who are responsible for this sleight of hand, which we see as an attempt to cheat their workers.

This picket is organised by the South London local of the Solidarity Federation, the British section of the International Workers Association (IWA), in solidarity with the CNT, our Spanish sister section. We are a revolutionary union initiative which seeks to create a new world, democratically controlled by its inhabitants.

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Aug 18 2011 18:43

This sounds great and is an admirable act of solidarity, but why pick a local car dealer and not the head office of Ford UK?

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Aug 18 2011 19:45

The head office of Ford UK is on an out of town industrial estate in Essex. People who've been there told us it was a bit of a fortress. Ford (and VIsteon) have surprisingly few public outlets.

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Aug 18 2011 20:22

I know, it's in Brentwood, which is 30 minutes out of Liverpool Street Station, I used to live close by on Warley Hill. But there are probably a couple of hundred Ford workers coming and going. Brownes only have a half a dozen workers max and does a Ford dealership even have direct links with Foord UK Head Office? Good luck anyway guys.

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Aug 19 2011 20:07

So how did it go?

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Aug 19 2011 21:35

Really well! Tons of honks in support!

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Aug 21 2011 16:07

Write-up from SF, hopefully to be translated in Spanish soon:

http://solfed.org.uk/?q=honk-to-save-jobs-international-day-of-action-against-fordvisteon