Report from Warrington protest this morning:
“It went very well, leafleting the workers, and the company sent someone out who ‘wanted to take pictures for the company newsletter’. We treated that with the scornful laughter it deserved… In solidarity, Hugh”
Campaigners today targeted Vestas Wind Systems company in Birchwood, Warrington as part of a nation-wide protest over job losses and the environment.
A spokesperson said:
Our protest today turned the spotlight on Vestas bosses.. This anti-union firm wants to add 600 people to the unemployment queue when figures out this week showed there are nearly 2.5million out of work already. In solidarity with campaigners across the country, our action today is part of an on-going campaign to save these 600 jobs vital for employment and the environment.
Controversial turbine manufacturer Vestas recently ended production at its Isle of Wight factory with the loss of 600 jobs. Factory workers occupied the factory for a fortnight in protest and are currently picketing it. The spokesperson added:
Workers are demanding the government steps in to secure the jobs and demonstrate its commitment to green jobs is more than just spin. Creating jobs in renewable energy is a vital challenge, and yet the government is watching 600 be cast aside. We will not stand for this, and continue escalating our campaign in the weeks ahead.
Campaigners came from a variety of unions, organisations and areas – including Warrington trades council, Wigan and the Wigan-based Community Action Party, Manchester, Salford, members of Unison and Unite unions, and also the Green Party, Respect Party, and Socialist Party.
NOTES TO EDITORS
- Vestas workers campaign website: https://savevestas.wordpress.com
- Liverpool meeting tonight, Wednesday 12 August, uniting trade unionists and climate campaigners in support of the Vestas workers, spokespeople will be available for interview, 7pm, Casa pub, 29 Hope Street, Liverpool city centre.