Nationwide day of protest over Vestas
Wednesday, 12, Aug 2009 10:50
By Ian Dunt
Britain is braced for nationwide protests today, as activists and trade unionists angry over the closure of the Vestas wind turbine factory vent their anger.
From Birmingham to Warrington, demonstrations and rallies will be taking place across the country.
“The day of action gives everyone a chance to send a clear message to the company and to the government that this is an issue that will not go away,” said Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT, which represents a substantial block of the Vestas workforce.
“The fight for Vestas and for the future of wind turbine manufacture in England is far from over.”
The union is fighting to get the factory, in the Isle of Wight, back into production, with help from environmental activists.
Workers occupied the factory for 18 days, before bailiffs entered last Friday. Unions want the workers reinstated and threat of black-listing lifted.
“The fight for Vestas and for the future of wind turbine manufacture in England is far from over. We are continuing to back this brave group of workers,” Mr Crow said.
There will be rallies and demonstrations today in Birmingham, London borough Haringey, Nottingham, Oxford, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Southampton and Warrington.
Brighton, Cardiff, Central London, Liverpool and Wrexham will see public meetings, while Gordon Brown’s constituency office in Cowdenbeath will be picketed from midday, despite the prime minister being in the Lake District.