Charles Walker supports Visteon pensioners

Charles Walker MP speaking in the House of Commons

Charles Walker condemns the unreasonable behaviour of Ford in respect of the Visteon (ex Ford) pensioners who were given assurances that their terms and conditions would be honoured when Visteon was spun off from Ford in 2000.

Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con): Is it not the case that in our pursuit of this matter, along with my hon. Friend the Member for South Basildon and East Thurrock (Stephen Metcalfe), Ford has sent some very reasonable people to meet us, but it continues to behave in a very unreasonable way?

Mike Freer: My hon. Friend makes another good point. We have seen over the years that when companies are seeking to renege on their pension responsibilities, they seek to delay through the courts. I suspect that many companies hope that the pensioners will die before the case is heard, and I agree that it is time that Ford met its responsibilities.

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Mr Charles Walker: Is this not an example of Ford, a four-letter company, behaving in a four-letter way, and is it not a disgrace?

Mike Freer: My hon. Friend is tempting me into unparliamentary language. I will resist the temptation, but I of course do share the sentiment behind his intervention.

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