Linda Bartle

Victory at Visteon

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When we finally won the redundancy money we fought for we called off our 24-hour picket. Our last day was good, but sad at the same time. There'll be no more going to work.

We have been so busy doing picket duty and meetings. Now that it's over we have been going to meetings to thank everybody who supported us.

We will start getting up in the morning to nothing - what will we do with our time? We know there are few jobs about and plenty of people all going for them so what chance do I have out in the market place? Not a lot.

Visteon: A life-changing struggle

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The occupation at former Ford plant Visteon wasn't planned. We came down here to get our personal belongings after we heard that we had all been sacked with immediate effect.

But one of the doors was open so everybody just ran in and decided to stay.

We barricaded all the doors so security couldn't get to us. Straight away we were getting donations of food brought to us. Kurds, Italians, Jamaicans, Turkish people - every nationality that lives in the country was cooking for us. It was quite emotional. All these people who didn't know us came along to give us their support, to feed us, to bring supplies of sleeping bags, toiletries. I've never seen that in my life - so many people came to strangers and put their hand out.

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