MPs to debate Visteon workers’ campaign for pensions justice

MPs to debate Visteon workers’ campaign for pensions' justice

11 December 2013

MPs will hold a debate tomorrow (12 December) over whether Ford has a moral duty to former Visteon employees who cruelly lost their pensions when their employer went into administration in 2009.
The House of Commons backbench business committee will hold the debate between 14.30 and 17.00 to be televised live after 66 MPs across all parties signed a letter in support.
Large numbers of pensioners fighting for pensions' justice from the four ex Ford/Visteon sites in Basildon, Enfield, Swansea and Belfast will attend the debate.
In 2009 Visteon UK went into administration with 3,000 workers at Basildon, Enfield and Belfast losing their jobs. The majority of the workers transferred to Visteon from Ford and were promised that their terms and conditions would be protected. Following a sustained campaign held by workers, a fair redundancy settlement was reached, but the workers lost up to 45 per cent of their pension entitlement.
Unite is fighting for pensions' justice for the workers. The government's Pension Protection Fund will only cover a proportion of these workers' pensions and Unite believes the taxpayer should not have to pick up the bill when Ford made a firm guarantee to protect the workers' terms and conditions when the Ford workers transferred to Visteon.
Unite national officer Roger Maddison said: "The campaign for pensions' justice continues tomorrow in the House of Commons.
“Ford should voluntarily accept a duty of care to Visteon workers. Unite is also pursuing a legal claim against Ford for these broken promises. Visteon pensioners have been campaigning for five years and they remain determined to see justice and Unite will continue to support them.
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Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.