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Former Visteon workers to take their case to high court
MORE than 1,400 former staff who lost their pension rights when Visteon will have thier cases considered at London’s High Court.
Ex-workers have been fighting Visteon’s parent company Ford for compensation since 2009 when Visteon went bust.
Among them were 170 workers from the car component factory in Christopher Martin Road, Basildon, but now all former staff will have their claims considered at the High Court in April.
Paul Bailey, 63, of Wincoat Drive in Benfleet, used to work at the Basildon factory and lost his pension rights when Visteon went bust.
He said: “I worked for Ford for 33 years and was then moved to Visteon for two years. It is so sad to see that four years down the line we are still fighting. I can only thank everyone for their support and encourage them to continue doing so.”
The Unite union has been trying to force Ford to recognise its duty to pay the axed workers from its own retirement fund. Many Visteon workers first signed contracts with Ford before being transferred across. The ex workers claim they were promised equal pay, pension and redundancy rights to Ford staff when Visteon was created, but ended up with just statutory redundancy payouts and told their pension trust had a £260million deficit.
Stephen Metcalfe, South Basildon and East Thurrock MP, is chairing an all-party parliamentary group investigating the failure of the Visteon pension fund.
Ford recently declined to attend a meeting with MPs at the House of Commons but Mr Metcalfe continues to pursue the firm.
He said: “We have contacted Ford in the USA as the UK group don’t want to speak in light of forthcoming legal proceedings. The parliamentary group has written an open letter to them in Michigan and we are looking for them to acknowledge that Ford were morally responsible for what happened.”