Vestas workers keep fighting

This video from the RMT trade union in Britain is called Bob Crow joins Vestas workers at their factory occupation (23.7.09).

From daily The Morning Star in London, England:

Vestas activists block bid to take blades

Thursday 10 September 2009

by Adrian Roberts

Protesters have blockaded the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight in a bid to prevent blades being taken away from the site.

A group of demonstrators blocked the entrance to the Newport plant and erected a huge tripod at the entrance to prevent blades from leaving the factory.

The Vestas dispute came to the attention of the public in July when workers who had been made redundant decided to take action and occupy the factory. Since then, they have ensured that a constant blockade has been in place to stop the turbines from leaving the factory in order to prevent its closure.

“We see it as our duty to stop our blades from leaving as part of the campaign to nationalise the factory,” one of the protesters said.

“Vestas have told us that there is no demand for our products but are still unwilling to sell the site to other interested parties.

“We are calling on the government to invest in green jobs on the Isle of Wight and for Vestas to reinstate the 11 sacked workers who occupied the factory.”

The action comes a week before a protest and lobby – backed by the RMT and PCS unions – which will be urging Environment Minister Ed Miliband to commit to creating more green jobs.

Battersea and Wandsworth trades councilspokeswoman Nadine Houghton said: “This isn’t just about one factory, this is about the future of the planet – which is in grave danger if action on a mass scale isn’t taken to tackle climate change.”

The protest and lobby will take place outside the Department of Energy and Climate Change in London on Thursday September 17 from 12.30pm.

How to support the Vestas workers: here. And here.

3 thoughts on “Vestas workers keep fighting

  1. 3,000 green jobs to be axed

    Denmark: 3,000 workers at the world’s biggest wind turbine manufacturer will face the chop as the firm adjusts to lower demand in Europe, company bosses announced today.

    Vestas’s net third-quarter profit was €126 million (£110m) down from €165 million (£145m) in the same period last year.

    Sales dropped to €1.7 billion (£1.48bn) from €1.8bn (£1.57bn).

    Vestas chief Ditlev Engel claimed that a turbine manufactured in China and shipped to Denmark cost about the same as making it at home.


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