The PCS MoJ West Yorkshire Branch would like to offer our support for and solidarity with your fight against the closure of the Vestas factory and the dismissal and redundancy forced on those who worked there. Vestas is the only major producer of wind turbines in the UK and, especially in the context of the government’s commitment to green energy and green jobs, should not have been allowed to close.
It was heartening to see the support given to you at the recent Trade Union Congress and we hope that Ed Milliband follows through on his promise to meet you to discuss the options you have put to the government on the various forms that nationalisation of the factory could take. It is clear that your campaign did not end with the occupation, did not end with the sackings and redundancies, did not end with the blockades and that you will continue to fight with tenacity.
Your occupation of the factory brought the issue of job cuts and renewable energy to the forefront of public consciousness and inspired people to take action alongside you and campaign for your cause because these issues are so pressing in the economic crisis. You have demonstrated that even a small number of people can make a significant difference on important issues.
Your actions have placed enormous pressure on Vestas and called into question the government’s green credentials and commitment to saving jobs. Your continued fight in what has been described as one of the most important movements to save jobs and reverse global warming in recent history has our full support. Do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything that we can do in support of your cause.
Steve Wilton, Secretary, PCS MoJ West Yorkshire Branch