A press release from RMT this morning:
RMT reports Vestas to police as legal opinion backs right of factory occupiers to food
OFFSHORE ENERGY UNION RMT last night made a formal complaint to the police over the actions of Vestas private security guards at the wind turbine factory occupation who have denied the workers inside the factory access to adequate supplies of food.
A legal opinion obtained by RMT from leading human rights lawyer Louise Christian says that:
“There is a positive obligation under the Human Rights Act on the State and its agents ie the police to prevent private individuals from depriving others of their liberty (see the case of Storck v Germany ECHR). It therefore appears to me that the local police have a positive obligation to prevent the security agents employed by Vesta stopping people coming in to deliver food to those in occupation.”
In addition the opinion states that:
“In the circumstances I advise that a formal complaint be made to the local police about the actions of the security guards as soon as possible asking that the police take action to ensure they allow deliveries of food through and that if they refuse to do so they are prosecuted for an offence under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. Alternatively it would also be open for an urgent application to be made to a judge for an injunction against the security company and Vesta to prevent them from breaching the provisions of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.”
RMT have immediately acted on these instructions and papers were handed in to Newport Police Station last night.
RMT are seriously concerned at the health implications of the lack of food reaching the workers inside the Factory. One has already been forced to leave on medical advice after his blood sugar levels were found be at
seriously low levels.
Bob Crow, general secretary of Vestas workers’ union RMT said:
“It’s disgusting that Vestas are trying to starve the workers out and we are calling on the police to take urgent action against their private security company to stop this outrageous affront to basic human rights. We will fight with every tool available to get food into the workers on the inside whose only crime is to fight for their livelihoods and the future of green energy.”
Further info: Geoff Martin, 07831 465103