On Saturday 1 August, about 200 demonstrators marched in the rain from Newport town centre to the occupied Vestas wind turbine blade factory on the St Cross industrial estate. As they rallied outside the factory entrance after the march, the police and Vestas security guards, for the first time, allowed Vestas workers to take food in to the occupiers.
Sunday is a family funday outside the plant for families and supporters of the occupying workers.
In another boost to the campaign, the TUC is expected to release a statement on Monday 3 August supporting the workers’ demand for nationalisation of the factory.
Vestas bosses will reportedly try to get all the workers to agree to do their third one-to-one meeting with management about the redundancies on Tuesday 4 August. The bosses have, however, recognised the workers’ right to have a union rep with them at the meeting, so workers will reasonably be refusing to be rushed.
On Tuesday 4 August, also, the company will try for a second time to get a possession order at Newport County Court, Quay Street, Newport, IoW. Rally outside from 9.30am. Try to get there this Tuesday if you can – it’s an important day for the campaign. Travel advice on the ‘Travel board’ page – click tab, top right hand side.