The grandchildren of workers who cruelly lost their pensions when their employer went into administration have delivered a letter to prime minister David Cameron today (13 March) urging government support.
Visteon pensioners marched towards parliament today to mark the fourth anniversary of their continuing campaign for pensions justice.
Grandchildren of the former staff delivered a letter to 10 Downing Street asking the David Cameron to call for a select committee hearing into the circumstances that led to thousands of workers losing their pensions.
Former workers from across the country will attend the march to make it loud and clear that they will continue their campaign and are determined to see justice.
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 and sit-ins 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 Ford workers transferred to Visteon.
Unite national officer Roger Maddison said:
"To mark the fourth anniversary of the tragic day when thousands lost their pensions, former Visteon workers are marching to parliament to call on David Cameron to support their cause.
"The former Ford employees believed the pensions they built up over years would be safe when they transferred to Visteon. Ford has a legal and a moral obligation to the thousands of ex-employees who paid into its pension scheme all their working lives. We believe the government should be putting pressure on Ford to pay up. The taxpayer should not have to pay out a penny when a billion dollar profit making company like Ford should be living up to its responsibilities."
Contact: Ciaran Naidoo 07768 931 315
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey