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.