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Gerry Adams tables Assembly Adjournment debate on Visteon

4 May, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP, MLA has today commented on the planned ‘deal’ for Visteon workers and given information on the Adjournment Debate which he has proposed at the Assembly tomorrow (Tuesday).   Mr Adams said,   “Firstly I want to commend the workers at Visteon and the wider community for their resolute action in occupying the Belfast Plant. The behaviour of Visteon and the Ford Motor Company and their treatment of staff here and in Britain has been shameful. The workers were summarily sacked without acknowledgment of their rights.   I want to congratulate the workforce for the example they set in defence of workers rights. The financial package they secured, while not entirely satisfactory, is much better than that offered initially.   However, the job losses are still a huge blow and the pensions issue has yet to be satisfactorily resolved.   In my view, Ford and Visteon’s behaviour demands investigation by the relevant government and statutory agencies, including the Pensions regulator.   I have tabled an adjournment debate on this very issue that will be discussed on the floor of the Assembly tomorrow (Tuesday).” CRÍOCH

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