A report on the This is Hampshire website tries to talk up the fortunes of ex-Vestas workers after the Newport plant closed in August – “Fresh wind blows for Vestas workers” – but the journalist’s own figures show that a large majority are still unemployed.
MORE than 80 former workers of wind turbine maker Vestas who lost their jobs when the Isle of Wight and Southampton plants were shut earlier this year, have found new jobs.
A further 90 are in training and education, the Government has revealed as South-East minister Jonathan Shaw paid a visit to the region.
The report goes on to admit:
They are the lucky ones of the 427 who lost their jobs in the closure, which made headlines around Europe because of an 18-day sit in protest by angry workers.
In fact, a further 100 or so workers lost their jobs in Southampton when the Isle of Wight plant closed, so 427 is too low a figure for the number made redundant.
Meanwhile, the front page of the Daily Echo reports how 50 workers are to lose their jobs at the Red Funnel ferry company – an eighth of the workforce.