A union convenor at the Linamar Plant in Swansea, formerly owned by Ford Visteon has locked himself in his office after being sacked.
Rob William, a Unite union convenor and vice-chair of National Shop Stewards Network, has been sacked at the Swansea Linamar plant today for supporting the sacked Ford/Visteon workers in Belfast, Basildon and Enfield. The convenor has locked himself in his office at the plant and is refusing to leave.
Linamar is the company that purchased the Swansea Visteon/Ford plant, and the union convenor was one of the first to visit Visteon/Ford workers in the Belfast occupation, now almost one-month old.
A communication to supporters from a Visteon support group said:
"called into the directors' office of the plant on Tuesday 28 April and told that he was being sacked for "irretrievable breakdown of trust". This blatant victimisation of one of the leading left-wing shop steward activists in the car industry was met by an immediate production line walk-off by the day shift. They surrounded Rob's union office after management called in police to forcibly remove Rob from the building."
Linamar also has Visteon's Steve Gawne, the manager whose house was protested at by sacked workers, on its board.
More details to come.