Posted by: VM | 4 August 2009

LETTERS: Unions say “Miliband should act to save Vestas”

We are seeking the urgent intervention of environment secretary Ed Miliband to save the Vestas wind turbine factory (Police asked to ensure the Vestas protesters receive enough food, 1 August). We know he is committed to promoting green energy, but people will find it difficult to understand that just as the government has recently set out its low-carbon transition plans to tackle climate change, England’s only large wind turbine manufacturing plant is scheduled to close. Ed Miliband has said he is committed to consulting people up until the Copenhagen climate change summit in December and that, in this context, “it isn’t just about world leaders, but about real people affected by huge changes who need to make their voices heard”. We would now urge him to listen to the voices of the Vestas workers. Here are 625 people who not only want to protect their jobs, but also protect England’s wind-power industry.

The loss of jobs at Vestas will not only have a devastating impact on the Isle of Wight, even more so at a time of recession, it will also mean an almost criminal loss of expertise and jobs that are vital to fighting climate change. We believe that with the political will, even at this late stage, there is still time to take positive action to explore all the options that are available to save the production of wind turbines at the site and secure jobs for the future.

Chris Baugh Deputy general secretary, PCS

Christine Blower General secretary, NUT

Brian Caton General secretary, POA

Bob Crow General secretary, RMT

Jeremy Dear General secretary, NUJ

Gerry Doherty General secretary, TSSA

Sally Hunt General secretary, UCU

Chris Kitchen General secretary, NUM

Michael Leahy General secretary, Community

Lesley Mercer Director of employment relations, CSP

Bob Monks General secretary, URTU

Gerry Morrissey General secretary, Bectu

John Smith General secretary, Musicians Union

Matt Wrack General secretary, FBU

Charles Ward General secretary, AEP

David Cockroft General secretary, ITF


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