Solidarity with Vestas Occupation – save jobs, save the planet!
Demonstration: Tuesday 28th July, 6.30pm, London
Outside the Department of Energy and Climate Change
3 Whitehall Place (off Whitehall, Charing Cross tube)
Called jointly by the Campaign against Climate Change and the RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers)
Vestas plan to close the UK’s only wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight on 31st July. 600 jobs will be lost immediately, many more jobs that depend on Vestas will follow. This makes no sense from a green or a labour perspective! Workers have now occupied the factory and need your support. Their action has led to mass publicity, a flood of solidarity messages from all over the world, and a growing snowball of joint protests by environmentalists and trades unionists.
The government has just announced a major expansion of renewable energy including wind power. We are calling on Vestas to keep the factories open, saving jobs and offering those who want to leave a better redundancy deal. We are calling on the government to intervene to save jobs at Vestas – through nationalisation if that is what it takes – to show that it is serious about saving the planet.