Posted by: VM | 21 July 2009

VESTAS WORKERS SPEAK OUT

“As workers at a wind turbine manufacturer, we were confident that as the recession took hold that green or renewable energy would be the area where many jobs could be created – not lost.

So we were horrified to find out that our jobs were moving abroad and that more than 525 jobs from the Isle of Wight and Southampton were going to be added to the already poor state of island unemployment.

This has sent, and will continue to send, shockwaves of uncertainty through countless families on the island – many of which are being forced to relocate away from the island.

We find this hard to stomach as the government are getting away with claiming they are investing heavily in these types of industry.

Only last week they said they would create 400,000 green jobs. How can the process start with 600 of us losing our jobs?

Now I’m not sure about you but we think it’s about time that if the government can spend billions bailing out the banks – and even nationalise them – then surely they can do the same at Vestas.

The people of Vestas matter, and the people of the island matter, but equally importantly the people of this planet matter. We will not be brushed under the carpet by a government which is claiming to help us.

We have occupied our factory and call on the government to step in and nationalise it. We and many others believe it is essential that we continue to keep our factory open for our families and livelihoods, but also for the future of the planet.

We call on Ed Miliband as the relevant minister to come to the island and tell us to our face why it makes sense for the government to launch a campaign to expand green energy at the same moment at the country’s only major wind turbine producer closes.

Please show your support!

Protest at Newport Vestas at 5pm today [off Dondor Lane – Monks Brook Newport, Isle Of Wight, PO30 5WZ]

Demonstrate Friday 24th of July Friday 5.30pm St. Thomas square Newport”


Responses

  1. Well done for doing something courageous and honest in the face of a government which is as hypocritical (third runway at Heathrow, coal-fired power stations, massive road expansion) as it’s possible to be. The only way anything will change in this country is for people to wake up, take their own power back and engage in peaceful, direct action. It’s as if the whole population has gone to sleep …. well, we’re waking up now.
    Good luck. Stay in touch, and keep the pressure up.

    Sue (from South Devon)

  2. Don’t Nationalize. Take Over. Turn it into cooperative and prove that the workers can handle it just fine without capitalist or government bosses.

  3. Ditto both comments above, well done on having the courage to occupy your factory. But getting together and organising a co-operative to take over the factory (following the is a much better option than nationalisation, surely, because YOU control it, not the government.

    Find out how much you would need to buy the factory at bankruptcy rate, and gather enough members together from the workforce, family, neighbours, etc to raise the funds. And carry on making and selling the wind turbines in the occupied factory meanwhile!

    Take the lead from the Argentinians on this.
    http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070730/klein_lewis


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