Posted by: vickim57 | 17 August 2009

Isle of Wight, Jobcentre picnic, Monday 17 August, demands jobs for all

Newport, IoW Jobcentre, Vestas protest, Monday 17 August

Newport, IoW Jobcentre, Vestas protest, Monday 17 August

Vestas workers and climate change activists are staging a sit-in at a job centre today demanding the government take action on its pledge to create 1.5 million green jobs.

“Ed Milliband and Peter Mandelson have it in their power to harness the workforce in our race to mitigate climate change” said a spokesperson for the group. “But so far all our politicians have managed to do is let 600 green jobs slip through their fingers. That’s why we’ve been demanding deeds not words from the government today”

Armed with picnic blankets, food to share – and a banner saying “Gizza a green job” – campaigners hope claimants and job centre workers in Newport will sit down and join them for a picnic lunch, complete with live music entertainment.

Vestas workers and their supporters will also be handing out PCS union membership forms to job centre workers. “Our argument isn’t with the workers who are stretched beyond capacity due to sharp rises in the number of unemployed and huge job cuts at the job centre itself! We think claimants will support us taking action for jobs on the island. Our fight is their fight. We want jobs for all.”

Locked out workers continued their fight to regain control of the factory this morning, picketing workers drafted in to complete the shutdown. With union forms, appealing to their fellow workers’ consciences, the battle to reopen the factory for everyone continues.

Newport, IoW Jobcentre, Vestas protest, Monday 17 August - Ian Terry, Vestas occupier

Newport, IoW Jobcentre, Vestas protest, Monday 17 August - Ian Terry, Vestas occupier



  1. So … On the one hand Vestas say there is no demand, yet ..
    Welcon say… There is !!

    A few years ago, Vestas pulled out of Campbeltown in Argyl, Scotland. and a few weeks ago pulled out of the Isle of Wight in addition.
    Reasons being, there is no European demand ??

    Enter in Campbeltown .. Welcon who apparently are expanding and have a
    FULL order book for the next 10 years !!!!!!

    What say you Vestas ?????


    Per Staehr has been appointed as chairman of Welcon Towers Ltd. Part of the sub supplier to the wind industry Skykon A/S.

    Welcon Towers is based in Campbeltown, Scotland, and supplies towers to the UK and central European wind turbine markets.

    Per will bring extensive international industry and business experience to the company which was established in March 2009 following the acquisition of the former Vestas facility by its parent Skykon.

    He was previously chairman of Danish-based A2SEA – which specialises in the installation of offshore windfarms – before its acquisition by DONG energy in June this year.

    Per is also currently on the board of Houston-based Trico Marine Services Inc, a Nasdaq listed global offshore and subsea services group, the AIM listed LPA Group, and two other Boards of small vibrant privately owned companies.

    Per who lives in Derby in the UK with his wife and two sons has been appointed to support the business in its ambitions to become a world-leading wind tower manufacturer, supplying innovative onshore and offshore solutions to the world’s top tier turbine producers.

    He said: “I very much look forward to joining the Welcon team and to actively support the development of the business in Scotland and ensuring that Welcon Ltd, together with its sister companies fully exploits and supports the global demand for wind power throughout the UK and Ireland as well as Central Europe.

    Welcon Towers has ambitions to develop a global footprint through consolidation of existing businesses, adding new facilities and partnerships.

    As a first step Welcon is planning to extend the Campbeltown facility by building a 14,000 sq m factory and research and development facility.

    Per’s appointment as chairman follows the appointment of David Canning as managing director and Niels-Jørgen Koed as vice president in April.

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