Ex-Visteon staff march

Southend Standard: Ex-Visteon staff march Ex-Visteon staff march

FORMER Visteon workers will mark five years since they were made redundant by marching on the Capital.

More than 200 ex-workers will rally outside the offices of the unionUnite, in Holborn, on Wednesday, April 2, with MPs to press for action against Ford to reclaim their lost pensions.

Visteon, an offshoot of Ford, went bust in 2009, meaning employees in plants in Christopher Martin Road, Basildon, as well as Swansea, Enfield and Belfast, lost their pensions.

They only received statutory redundancy packets, but workers claimed they should be given Ford pensions, having been transferred to Visteon when it was set up.

Paul Bailey, a lead campaigner, said: “The march has been a key part of the campaign. Meeting at the Unite Union HQ has reinforces our determination for the Unite leadership to see this through to a successful conclusion.

“This is a critical time – we have pushed, pulled, demonstrated, met ministers, MPs, Euro MPs, American union members, and more.”

The pensioners are planning to go to the High Court in November as part of a joint claim against Ford.

The case involves 1,400 people.

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5:52pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

They actually received the best redundancy payouts ever dished out by Ford rather than the statuatory package mentioned in the article.

Granted they had to camp outside the Radiator Plant and occupy the Enfield and Belfast plants for several weeks to achieve it.
They actually received the best redundancy payouts ever dished out by Ford rather than the statuatory package mentioned in the article. Granted they had to camp outside the Radiator Plant and occupy the Enfield and Belfast plants for several weeks to achieve it. Howard Cháse
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10:24pm Wed 12 Mar 14

southend-man says...

Maybe if they spent less time making a fuss and more time getting a job then they might have a pension.
Maybe if they spent less time making a fuss and more time getting a job then they might have a pension. southend-man
  • Score: -4

8:04am Thu 13 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

most pensions are rubbish, need to fight for every penny possible
most pensions are rubbish, need to fight for every penny possible pembury53
  • Score: 3

12:58pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Ian P says...

southend-man wrote:
Maybe if they spent less time making a fuss and more time getting a job then they might have a pension.
Perhaps if you knew what actually caused this situation you would not make such stupid comments. Just for your information, many of the people involved were already receiving pensions which they had accrued over 40 years or more of working, only to have up to 50% taken away through no fault of their own. Those not already on pension have had their pensions frozen, and are not allowed to add to their existing pots, they must start afresh with new pension pots. What they get back eventually from both pots will be considerably less than they should have received. You might also be interested in the fact that the fuss they make, as you call it, has resulted in changes being made by the Government, to the Pension Protection Fund Rules, which will benefit anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation in the future.
[quote][p][bold]southend-man[/bold] wrote: Maybe if they spent less time making a fuss and more time getting a job then they might have a pension.[/p][/quote]Perhaps if you knew what actually caused this situation you would not make such stupid comments. Just for your information, many of the people involved were already receiving pensions which they had accrued over 40 years or more of working, only to have up to 50% taken away through no fault of their own. Those not already on pension have had their pensions frozen, and are not allowed to add to their existing pots, they must start afresh with new pension pots. What they get back eventually from both pots will be considerably less than they should have received. You might also be interested in the fact that the fuss they make, as you call it, has resulted in changes being made by the Government, to the Pension Protection Fund Rules, which will benefit anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation in the future. Ian P
  • Score: 6

6:08pm Thu 13 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

If you dont work for Ford, how can you claim from them, claim fron Visteon
If you dont work for Ford, how can you claim from them, claim fron Visteon carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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