SUPPORTERS of sacked Visteon car plant workers disrupted a Ford showroom in Enfield on Saturday as a protest over redundancy and pensions entered its fourth week.

Trade unionists and supporters from across north London rallied at Dagenham Motors, in Great Cambridge Road, to join Visteon protesters on Saturday afternoon.

Holding up banners and using loud speakers, the picketers blocked the entrance while passing drivers hooted support.

One of the organisers, Keith Flett, president of Haringey Trades Union Congress, said the protest had effectively closed the showroom for the day and staff were forced to go home early.

“The Visteon workers are a beacon of resistance in the fight for jobs as unemployment continues to rise,” he said.

“They have shown that you can do something about getting the sack and they have huge support.”

Kevin Nolan, Unite co-ordinator Visteon in Enfield, said support for the sacked workers had been “getting bigger and bigger”.

He said: “We’ve had the NUT, the RMT, the Royal Mail. It’s incredible.” He said donations from union members across the country had run into tens of thousands.

Staff at the Dagenham Motors branch in Cambridge Road were not available for comment.

But a spokeswoman for the company said it was "business as usual" for the showroom and it had not been affected by this or previous protests.

She said service staff always went home mid-afternoon on Saturdays and other staff worked their usual hours.

The Visteon plant, in Morson Road, Ponders End, was closed on March 31 after Visteon UK (VUK) went into administration.

The 227 staff members were given just six minutes’ notice of its closure, along with nearly 400 others in Belfast and Basildon. But VUK’s American parent company Visteon Corporation still operates in 27 countries around the world.

The former workers are determined to make the company give the redundancy pay and pensions which they say is in their contracts. And Ford, which created Visteon as a spin-off in 2000, has also been targeted, because employees had worked for the American car giant for most of their careers.

Along with staff at VUK’s other two plants in Basildon and Belfast, workers protested on a rooftop for eight days.

They were evicted by the High Court but continue to picket at the plant and the Dagenham Motors showroom.

Former supervisor Sharon Steele, who has supported the protest since it started, said spirits were running high.

She said: “We’re doing pretty well. Support is still pretty good from the other two plants, as well as the community.”

The protest was part of a national day of action, which included solidarity pickets at Ford showrooms in Watford, Stamford Hill, Waltham Cross and Cambridge.