From British daily The Morning Star:
Sacked Visteon staff vow to fight eviction attempts
Tuesday 21 April 2009
SACKED workers staging a sit-in at the Visteon car components factory in west Belfast announced on Tuesday that they would contest any attempt to have them removed.
A legal bid by administrators KPMG to get the workers evicted was due to be made in the High Court on Tuesday.
But it was adjourned until Friday after a barrister who was instructed at the last moment to represent the workers told the court that he would challenge any eviction notice.
The Unite shop steward at the plant John Maguire said that the workers would wait to see what happened in court before deciding whether to voluntarily comply with any expulsion order.
Mr Maguire said: “We will wait and see and make that call after Friday. We don’t expect a decision by the court that day, there is still a need for further negotiation.”
Some of the 210 plant workers who were made redundant have been occupying the plant since March, when they and around 400 workers at two sister plants in England were told that their jobs had been axed.
They refused to vacate the factory, claiming that they had been given guarantees on pay and conditions when the company was hived off from Ford nine years ago.
Last week, they rejected a deal which bosses had said would give most workers an initial cash payment equal to 16 weeks pay followed by additional payments which would approximately equate to what was in their employment agreement.
A similar sit-in at the Visteon site in Basildon, Essex, ended after KPMG took court action against union leaders.