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Ford & Visteon must come clean over plant closure says Adams

23 April, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan


West Belfast MP Gerry Adams has revealed that the Pensions Regulator is now examining information about how Visteon and Ford have managed assets and finances associated with the Belfast plant recently closed.

The Sinn Féin President also told the Andersonstown News that he has tabled an early adjournment debate in the Assembly to discuss the sharp practice of Ford and Visteon in handling this whole affair.

Speaking to workers on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Adams invited them to attend the forthcoming Assembly debate.

The Sinn Féin President said:

“I have tabled a motion in the Assembly about the sharp practice of Ford and Visteon in bringing about the closure of the Belfast plant. I believe that there is an accumulation of information which raises profound questions about the management by Ford and Visteon of assets and finances, including pensions in which workers had invested. The information which is now emerging needs to be rigorously investigated.”

“My Office has been in contact with the Pensions Regulator. The Pensions Regulator is now examining the information and documentation which has been given to them about what the management of Visteon and Ford have been up to in order to determine what further action could be taken.

“In the meantime, Sinn Féin will use every avenue available to hold the management of Ford and Visteon to account for what they have done and to ensure the rights and entitlements of the Belfast workers are defended and upheld.”

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