We are picketing Joan Ruddock this afternoon, she is the Minister for Climate Change who spoke with the unions and representatives of Vestas workers yesterday. She said then that she HOPED that the workers who had occupied the factory would not be penalised by Vestas, and would get redundancy pay. She PROMISED that the government would not ‘abandon the island’.
This afternoon, Friday 7 August
3pm, Sayes Court Club House, 341 Evelyn Street, Deptford SE8 5QT
(5 mins walk from Deptford overground station, trains from London Bridge every 10-20 mins, journey time about 5 mins)
What does she mean by these warm words? What pressure does she intend putting on Vestas to unsack the Vestas occupiers? How is the government going to compensate for the green jobs that are lost if Vestas closes (or mothballs) the plant? Why can’t they pull their finger out to save jobs and the planet, why are they leaving everything to the market and the private companies whose bottom line is not the good of people and the environment but always… their bottom line?
Things have got to change, and, if nothing else, the force that can start to change things has begun to be built at Vestas and in the campaign around it over the last few weeks. A labour movement that’s thinking more about what sort of jobs we need, and an environmental movement that understands that a green transition has to include the only people who can make it happen, workers.
Rant over. Come and join us this afternoon if you’re free!