At 7:45 this evening workers at Vestas – a plant that produces blades for wind turbines – occupied their factory on the Isle of Wight
For some time now workers and climate activists have campaign against plans which to shut Britain’s only factory manufacturing turbine blades and to throw 500 workers on the dole. That a plant producing such vital renewable energy materials could close shows the absurdities of the system in the starkest possible relief.
The Save Vestas blog announced this evening that:
“This measure has been taken due to the consistent failure of Vestas Blades and the government to face up to their responsibilities in the necessary challenge of fighting climate change and maintaining jobs.
Due to management attempting to intimidate the workers who have been organising themselves in preparation for a fight, plans to move on the factory were accellerated and a team of workers have taken the plant at 7:45 this evening as a result.
Now more than ever Vestas workers need our support. The island does not have a history of workers taking control – this could be the first of many victories where workers take control of their industries and demand that the bosses put people before profit, the environment before opportunism.
You can send messages of support to firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s more info at www.savevestas.wordpress.com. Previous occupations have shown solidarity is the key, and that where workers fight they can win. Every message of support, collection or other act of solidarity counts. Donations can be sent to: Ryde and East Wight Trades Union Council, 22 Church Lane, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2NB
Update: Some more details:
Rush messages of support to 07980 703115 and 07970 739921 and 07733 388888.
Demonstrate Save Vestas, Save the Planet, support the occupation. Friday 24 July, 5.30pm, St Thomas Square, Newport Isle of Wight.