Support the Vestas Workers – Support Green Energy!

July 21, 2009

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At around 7:30 last night some two dozen workers occupied the Vesta Wind Turbine factory on the Ilse of White. Today police have said about 200 workers are protesting outside the factory after being turned away when they arrived earlier.

Danish company, Vestas Windsystems, plans to lay off 625 workers at the end of July, despite rising profits. The company blames British nimbyism, but the government has offered Vestas money to stay open and Vestas has refused.

Here is a golden opportunity for the government to do the right thing. It needs to take over the plant – or, even better, allow the workers to take over the plant – and generate it’s own order of much needed wind turbines. This would create several thousand jobs (in both the manufacture of turbines and the construction of wind-farms)  and provide much needed orders for raw materials. The plant and turbines would become public assets and we would move a lot closer to our green energy objectives with less money being swallowed up by the private sector.

Get in touch with Donny MP and Minister for Energy & Climate Change, Ed Milliband on milibande@parliament.uk or 01302 875 462 to suggest that he intervenes. And show your support for the Vestas workers by texting them on 07980 703115 and 07970 739921 and 07733 388888 or emailing savevestas[at]gmail.com.

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3 Responses to “Support the Vestas Workers – Support Green Energy!”

  1. […] looks as if the Vestas dispute might bring a much needed dose of class consciousness to the ongoing campaign against climate […]

  2. […] looks as if the Vestas dispute might bring a much needed dose of class consciousness to the ongoing campaign against climate […]

  3. […] is Environment Secretary and New Labour love-child, Ed Miliband (who utterly failed to support the Vestas workers, which is why the RMT is fielding a candidate). Then we have Sophie Brodie, Conservative (ever […]

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