Shop steward who supported Visteon occupations sacked
Posted by Left Luggage on April 28, 2009
Rob Williams, the Unite convenor of the Linamar car parts factory in Swansea and vice chair of the National Shop Stewards Network, was called into the directors’ office of the plant on Tuesday 28 April and told that he was being sacked for “irretrievable breakdown of trust”.
This blatant victimisation of one of the leading left-wing shop steward activists in the car industry was met by an immediate production line walk-off by the day shift. They surrounded Rob’s union office after management called in police to forcibly remove Rob from the building. Rob has been very active in the campaign of the sacked Visteon car parts workers and has recently visited all three of their plants. His sacking is likely to be linked to his role in this struggle. The Visteon Unite convenors are demanding that Rob be reinstated and they, alongside many others, are calling on Unite joint general secretary Tony Woodley to also back the immediate reinstatement of Rob.
- Phone protests to: Head of Swansea Linamar Brian Wade 01792 656339; Personnel Manager 01792 656 238
- Email protests to: email@example.com
- Email messages of support to: Rob Williams: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
- Send messages urging Unite to defend Rob and other lay officials to the Wales secretary of Unite: Andy.Richards@unitetheunion.com