Unions fight to reverse closure of Ford's Swaythling plant

Unions fight to reverse Ford closure

Unions fight to reverse Ford closure

First published in Ford Transit Factory Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Politics and business reporter

UNION members launched their fight last night to save Ford's Swaythling plant from oblivion.

An emergency meeting by Southampton and South West Hampshire Trade Union Council (TUC) resolved to step up their fight to persuade Ford to reverse its decision to ditch the factory in July.

President of the TUC in Southampton Bobby Noyes said afterwards: “There is pressure that can be brought on Ford. The Government can do something towards it like taking back money that they gave them.

“We still need Transit vans and we should not be importing them from a foreign country.”

A public meeting will now be organised, inviting national union bosses, business leaders, MPs and city councillors, in a bid to forge a united front against closure.

Demonstrations in the city have also not been ruled out. Ms Noyes said: “We want to show the Ford workers that they are not alone and the people of Southampton support them.”

She also said campaigners and members wanted to keep the plant open rather than creating an enterprise zone which would chop up the closed down factory into small workshops.

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12:18pm Thu 1 Nov 12

ohec says...

Urinating against the wind.
Urinating against the wind. ohec
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12:18pm Thu 1 Nov 12

localnews says...

Expecting support from the Government is almost as funny as believing you'll get Fords to change their minds about closing the Swaythling plant........good luck with both or indeed either
Expecting support from the Government is almost as funny as believing you'll get Fords to change their minds about closing the Swaythling plant........good luck with both or indeed either localnews
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12:18pm Thu 1 Nov 12

localnews says...

Expecting support from the Government is almost as funny as believing you'll get Fords to change their minds about closing the Swaythling plant........good luck with both or indeed either
Expecting support from the Government is almost as funny as believing you'll get Fords to change their minds about closing the Swaythling plant........good luck with both or indeed either localnews
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1:06pm Thu 1 Nov 12

G0Rf says...

No chance.
Easiest thing to do is never buy a ford transit van again?
Ban Ford from importing transit vans into the country?
No chance. Easiest thing to do is never buy a ford transit van again? Ban Ford from importing transit vans into the country? G0Rf
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5:43pm Thu 1 Nov 12

andysaints007 says...

G0Rf wrote:
No chance.
Easiest thing to do is never buy a ford transit van again?
Ban Ford from importing transit vans into the country?
Tw&t
[quote][p][bold]G0Rf[/bold] wrote: No chance. Easiest thing to do is never buy a ford transit van again? Ban Ford from importing transit vans into the country?[/p][/quote]Tw&t andysaints007
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2:00pm Fri 2 Nov 12

Dresnez says...

Clutching at straw folks.

Don't expect much help from the this Government.

As with Starbucks we just can't compete with global industries who just locate to where the wages are lowest and locate HQ in order to pay the lowest corporation taxes. They then organise their accounts so that any profits are recorded as losses by offsetting Royalty Fees.

European Union rules allow the transfer of such Royalty fees within the bloc without tax deductions, but require withholding taxes to be levied when the fees are moved outside the bloc.

But Dutch tax law allows companies to send royalty fees earned in other countries on to tax havens without incurring taxes.

In September, the European Parliament voted to close this loophole.

But its views on tax matters are only advisory, and rule changes require unanimity among member states.

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Clutching at straw folks. Don't expect much help from the this Government. As with Starbucks we just can't compete with global industries who just locate to where the wages are lowest and locate HQ in order to pay the lowest corporation taxes. They then organise their accounts so that any profits are recorded as losses by offsetting Royalty Fees. European Union rules allow the transfer of such Royalty fees within the bloc without tax deductions, but require withholding taxes to be levied when the fees are moved outside the bloc. But Dutch tax law allows companies to send royalty fees earned in other countries on to tax havens without incurring taxes. In September, the European Parliament voted to close this loophole. But its views on tax matters are only advisory, and rule changes require unanimity among member states. Source: http://www.reuters.c om/article/2012/11/0 1/us-starbucks-tax-e urope-idUSBRE8A00DP2 0121101 Dresnez
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