Posted by: vickim57 | 13 August 2009

Protest at the South East England Development Agency, 12/8/09

See press release below but here is the more personal story:

Today, as part of the national Vestas day of action, 10 of us went and  did an action at the South East England Development Agency offices in  Guildford. SEEDA is the body which owns the land at East Cowes, which recently gave Vestas £3 million (in addition to £3 million from DECC)  and which has bought up land on the Isle of Wight supposedly to  encourage the development of sustainable industry!

We made some very pretty placards saying “Vestas out, workers  in”, “Sack the bosses not the workers” and “Green jobs now”, and a  banner saying “Nationalise now under workers’ control – link the  struggles – support Vestas workers”.

We got there and basically due to a fluke of bad luck only one of us, me, got in, so the others had to  protest outside. Basically while they did a photo op and talked to the  local press who turned up, I ‘occupied’ inside for about an hour, causing a bit of a stir. Some fairly senior seeming managers came down and looked worried and quite a lot of workers came to see what was  happening and took leaflets, so all in all a qualified success.

Protestors at the South East England Development Agency on Wednesday 12 August

Protestors at the South East England Development Agency on Wednesday 12 August


Responses

  1. via Twitter (much earlier)

    The building’s owner, the South East England Development Agency, (SEEDA) said it was seeking legal advice. http://bit.ly/4UEyV #saveveastas

    🙂


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