Viasystems compensation row goes to EU

Circuit World

ISSN: 0305-6120

Article publication date: 1 December 2002




(2002), "Viasystems compensation row goes to EU", Circuit World, Vol. 28 No. 4.



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Viasystems compensation row goes to EU

Keyword: Viasystems

(EETimes) Workers made redundant at Viasystems' PCB plant in South Shields have taken their fight for redundancy payments to the European Commission.

The move is supported by two Labour MEPs, Stephen Hughes and Barbara O'Toole, who are investigating if the US-based company is liable to pay an estimated £6m in compensation for jobs that were cut before a management buyout saved the plant itself.

The MEPs have written to Anna Diamantopoulou, social affairs commissioner, to ask her if she can investigate if EU law has been breached in this case.

They are also pressing Patricia Hewitt, trade and industry secretary, to see what progress is being made to recover £12m in government grants paid to Viasystems, which lists two remaining UK operations on its website – Boldon near Coventry and Ballynahinch in Northern Ireland.

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