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Visteon pay-offs talks underway

Former Visteon workers picketed Ford showrooms in the Greater Belfast area over the Easter weekend
Former Visteon workers picketed Ford showrooms in the Greater Belfast area over the Easter weekend

Talks are taking place in London to resolve the dispute at three Visteon sites.

Workers in Belfast, Basildon and Enfield have been protesting after being laid off by the firm, which has gone into administration in the UK.

Union officials are meeting Visteon executives, but Belfast representatives said they were not being brought in for the discussions.

They said they would have to wait outside while the talks were held.

Belfast's Unite convenor John Maguire claimed he had been "excluded".

"The Belfast plant has been in dispute for near three weeks if we have to be here for six months we'll be here but the heads of the Unite union have excluded the Belfast representatives from participation in this meeting today," he said.

"Yet they have invited us over to sit outside the meeting."

Nearly 600 jobs were lost at the three plants - 210 in Belfast - with staff being given less than an hour's notice.

The workers said they were given guarantees on pay and conditions when the company was split off from Ford nine years ago and will only leave when they are offered an adequate deal.

Protesters in Northern Ireland picketed Ford showrooms over the Easter weekend as well as staging a sit-in at the Visteon plant in Finaghy.



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