Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/548/6406

From The Socialist newspaper, 17 September 2008

Southampton

Ford workers meet to defend jobs

On 11 September, Ford workers and their supporters met to discuss the recent job cuts of 120 contract workers at Ford in Southampton and the threat hanging over the future of the plant. It remains unclear what will happen, the last few weeks have fuelled the rumour mill, an announcement is expected soon.

Nick Chaffey

There has been shock and anger at the threat to the plant from workers, their families and the city as a whole. "When an announcement is made it will focus minds. I've got 10 years left and Ford won't offer that in a redundancy package", said one worker.

"When I left school you could go to Pirellis, AC Delco, Vospers, Bats, Ford and half a dozen more. Now Fords are all that's left. Where will kids go if Ford goes?" That was the view of Perry McMillan, Unite member and local taxi driver.

Messages of support came from other workers at the meeting who talked about their own disputes and the general attacks facing all workers.

Sue Philp from the PCS and a rep for coastguards reported on their recent strike and the scandalous attitude to these important workers from the civil service bosses and the low pay they suffer. Sue had family of her own working at Ford and explained what a devastating affect closure would have beyond the plant and across the city.

Ford workers at the meeting called for a campaign to save jobs at the plant and agreed to hold a further meeting on 21 September and invite workers from the other shift to attend.

The message was clear, that attacks on this plant would be met with a fight.

Meeting: Defend Ford Jobs. 21 September, 7pm, Swaythling Neighbourhood Centre, Hampton Park Way. For more information ring Nick on 07833 681910

  • STOP PRESS. On 15 September Ford announced they will end Transit production in Southampton in 2011. The trade unions believe this will effectively mean the closure of the plant.
  • The company say they will replace the Transit with the production of a "chassis cab vehicle" but this would probably mean the loss of 700-800 jobs.

    Donate to the Socialist Party

    Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

    The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

    The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

    The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

    • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
    • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
    • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
    Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
    We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

    Please donate here.

    All payments are made through a secure server.

    My donation

     

    Your message: 

     


    In The Socialist 17 September 2008:


    Credit crunch

    It's time to fight back!


    Socialist Party editorial

    Capitalist crisis - Karl Marx was right


    Anti-racism

    No to racism: Yes to decent jobs, homes & services!


    Socialist Party campaigns

    Socialist candidate gains 40% of vote, stuns Usdaw leaders

    Conflict in Georgia - independent position needed

    Brown's feeble fuel package


    Labour Party conference protest

    Protest at war and occupation

    Welcome to the real Manchester

    Fighting city needs a fighting party

    Panicky MPs turn on Labour


    Privatisation and closure

    No to post office closures

    Protesters tackle Metro privatisation


    Socialist Party feature

    Middle East: End imperialist aggression!


    Socialist Party workplace news

    London bus strike: "Showing them our power"

    Pickets cheer in West London

    Ford workers meet to defend jobs

    Journalists win union recognition victory

    2008 Trades Union Congress: Pressure from below begins to show

    Swansea rail workers fighting for a living wage

    fastnews


    International socialist news and analysis

    Interview with Cindy Sheehan: "Some kind of populist uprising needs to happen"

    Scotland: Tactical questions for local government pay battle


    Socialist Party review

    'Bob Marley' reviewed by Jason Toynbee


     

    Home   |   The Socialist 17 September 2008   |   Join the Socialist Party

    Subscribe   |   Donate  




    Related links:

    Ford:

    triangleRatcliffe rats on Bridgend workers

    triangleAusterity anger feeds movement for Welsh independence

    triangleNSSN meeting determined to fight for Ford workers

    triangleFord Bridgend workers vote to fight to save threatened plant

    triangleWales NSSN: Support the Ford Bridgend workers - No Closure

    Southampton:

    triangleCovid generation says 'fund our future'

    triangleSocialist Party meetings: Online and in-person

    triangleUCU: election victory for combative rank and file

    triangleCouncils must use resources now for emergency response

    Reports and campaigns

    Reports and campaigns

    23/9/20

    The Socialist

    The Socialist: More than a newspaper

    23/9/20

    Coventry

    Coventry: Socialist Students is back

    23/9/20

    Liverpool

    Liverpool Council must save care homes

    23/9/20

    Sussex

    Sussex: Hands off Peacehaven schools

    23/9/20

    Fighting Fund

    Fighting fund: One week to raise 3,444

    23/9/20

    Cardiff

    Workplace news in brief

    23/9/20

    Schools

    Dispatches from the front - chaotic schools are not safe!

    16/9/20

    The Socialist

    Selling the Socialist

    16/9/20

    Socialist Party

    Why I joined the Socialist Party: Tories and Blairites only care about corporate greed

    16/9/20

    Young people

    Covid generation says 'fund our future'

    16/9/20

    Coventry

    Coventry: scrap 'profit before people' hospital parking charges

    16/9/20

    National Shop Stewards Network

    Lobbying for a lead from the TUC

    16/9/20

    NHS

    Angry health workers demand 15% now!

    16/9/20

    Usdaw

    Reinstate Richie Venton

    16/9/20

    Hull

    Reinstate Tony Smith

    triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


    Join the Socialist Party
    Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
    Donate to the Socialist Party
    Socialist Party Facebook page
    Socialist Party on Twitter
    Visit us on Youtube

    LATEST POSTS

    CONTACT US

    Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

    Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

    Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

    Regional Socialist Party organisers:

    Eastern: 079 8202 1969

    East Mids: 077 3797 8057

    London: 075 4018 9052

    North East: 078 4114 4890

    North West 079 5437 6096

    South West: 077 5979 6478

    Southern: 078 3368 1910

    Wales: 079 3539 1947

    West Mids: 024 7655 5620

    Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

    ABOUT US

    ARCHIVE

    Alphabetical listing


    September 2020

    August 2020

    July 2020

    June 2020

    May 2020

    April 2020

    March 2020

    February 2020

    January 2020

    2019

    2018

    2017

    2016

    2015

    2014

    2013

    2012

    2011

    2010

    2009

    2008

    2007

    2006

    2005

    2004

    2003

    2002

    2001

    2000

    1999