RMT REACTION TO PETER MANDELSON STATEMENT ON £150 MILLION INVESTMENT IN MANUFACTURING
Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, said today:
“Tomorrow a court will hear an application to evict protesters from the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight who are fighting to save 625 skilled manufacturing jobs in renewable energy. Compare that to the rhetoric of Business Secretary Lord Mandelson who said today that our manufacturing base is at the heart of Britain’s knowledge economy.
“There’s a yawning chasm between the government’s statements on green jobs, energy and manufacturing and the brutal reality of the 625 Vestas workers on the Isle of Wight who are fighting back against a company who will dump them on the scrap heap on Friday of we don’t stop them.
“RMT challenges Lord Mandelson to visit the Vestas workers in occupation of their factory on the Isle of Wight and explain to them why their futures, and the futures of the wind turbine manufacturing in the UK, are on the line. If the Government can spend £1.4 trillion bailing out and nationalising the banks then there’s no reason why they can’t intervene and nationalise Vestas.”
As a standoff between police and protesters occupying the Vestas wind turbine factory moves into its second week the government has announced more than £1bn of funding for the wind power industry. …