Visteon Pension Action Group
MPs Debate Visteon in Parliament
A packed public gallery of Visteon Pensioners saw over 22 MPs from all parties discuss the collapse of the Visteon Pension Plan in the house of commons on Dec 12th. MPs unanimously backed a motion urging Ford to "recognise a duty of care to its former employees and should make good the pension losses suffered by those worst affected without the need for legal action".
MPs Stephen Metcalfe, Nick de Bois and Geraint Davies signing letter to Mulally
Claimants included in the legal action are invited to one of 3 regional meetings to hear details of a multi million pound settlement Unite have negotiated with Ford. The settlement will only be put to eligible claimants if the meetings indicate the offer is likely to receive a 95% acceptance.
The details of the meetings are as below. The meetings (and settlement) are only open to claimants to the legal action.
Welsh Assembly Debate
TheWelsh Asy vote went in favour of part 2 of the motion, and the Welsh government will now be committed to hold an inquiry into the economic impact of the Visteon pension crisis on Swansea. Watch the debate on TV hereBethan Jenkins, Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales West, who tabled the debate, said:
“It is timely that we are finally getting to debate this issue, not only because of the anniversary, and the impending court case. It is because as an Assembly we should have careful regard for the impact of anything of this kind upon local economies and upon local people". The debate will motion following points:
The motion calls on the Welsh Government to hold an inquiry into the impact of the loss of pensions to both the Visteon workers and the economy of the area in which they live. Read the press release
Early Day Motion
Nick de Bois MP calls for Justice for Visteon Pensioners
read his website
Welsh Assembly Letter to Ford
This site is for the 3000 ex employees
of Visteon UK who still have funds in the Visteon UK Pension Fund.
Whether your are a current pensioner, or you hold a deferred pension,
we are fighting to ensure you get your full entitlement for the
many years of hard and dedicated work at both Ford and Visteon as
agreed in the European
Works Council Agreement
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What our MPs are saying:
“I am supporting a group of my constituents for which the collapse of Visteon UK had a devastating effect on their pension, despite years of previous loyal service with Ford. I believe Ford has a moral duty to try and rectify the situation and to restore the losses people have suffered. Whilst commercially there may well have been a good argument to spin off Visteon, here in the UK there has been a real human cost to that action, for which I believe Ford is morally responsible.” Rebecca Harris - Member of Parliament for Castle point
“It is disgraceful what has happened to the pensioners at Visteon and I will continue to raise this issue with my colleagues and in the House of Commons. Ford must bow to the pressure put on them as they have a moral obligation towards Visteon due to the fact Visteon was Fords parts manufacturer.” The Rt Hon Simon Burns MP - Member of Parliament for Chelmsford.
'The plight of Visteon pensioners is one of the worst pension scandals that I have dealt with because Ford could easily deliver a solution.' The Rt Hon Peter Hain MP - Member of Parliament for Neath. Former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
“Christmas is generally a time of year when many people feel the pinch anyway, so for the former Ford/Visteon pensioners who are missing out on the money from pensions that were promised to them it is especially hard. The best Christmas present these former employees could receive is for Ford to recognise its duty of care to them and make good the pension losses suffered by those affected without the need for legal action. I've supported the Early Day Motion calling on the Government to put pressure on Ford and signed the follow-up letter to Ford CEO Alan Mulally and will continue to push for justice for former Visteon workers; Edmonton constituents amongst them.” Andy Love MP - Member of Parliament for Edmonton
'I spent 25 years running my own business having started it from scratch. The relationship I built up with employee’s was one of mutual trust and respect which I believe are also the values that the Ford Motor Company aspire too. However my constituents feel very let down by Ford because they sense that when it mattered, and after years of service to Ford and Visteon, the company left them stranded when it mattered most. I think the Ford management know what the right thing to do is, and I hope they will act soon to help their former employee’s.' Nick de Bois MP - Member of Parliament for Enfield North
'The best Christmas present that the Ford Motor Company could give to the Visteon Pensioners would be to accept their moral responsibility and to honour their former employees pension entitlements. Their failure to do so is a stain on the reputation of a great company and we will continue to press the case of the Pensioners until this injustice is put right.' John Whittingdale OBE MP Chairman, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Vice Chairman, Conservative 1922 Committee Member of Parliament for Maldon
“What has happened to Visteon Pensions is a grave injustice that came out of the way Ford spun off Visteon . That’s why it’s Ford that should put things right.” Martin Caton - Member of Parliament for Gower
“Ford made clear promises that they have failed to keep. They have squirmed and wriggled to avoid their clear responsibilities. It is time they did the right thing and honoured their commitments". Mike Freer - Member of Parliament for Finchley & Golders Green
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