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I give support and solidarity from me and Councillor Dave Nellist, independently elected socialist councillors. I have personally visited the occupation twice, once sleeping out in the open on the traffic island camp and the week-end after as well speaking at the rally and talking to other party members in our area who came down on both the first court date and the eviction date, an injury to one of us is an injury to us all whether in the Isle of Wight or Warwickshire.
In addition to this we have had a vestas speaker visit our city and will continue to build solidarity as this battle is not over, the blades and equipment have yet to be moved-we pledge further physical support if necesary plus building support in the wider trades union movement to put pressure on the TUC to push for the plant to be nationalised. It should be a nationalised Victory Blades and, not only should it be run by workers in the Island, but Workers from the plant should stand against the rotten and politically bankrupt Tory MP who has let the workers and the Island down and against the new labour governmenmt who sat hand wringing when they should have been nationalising.
Yours In Solidarity,
– Councillor Rob Windsor, Socialist Party Group, St Michaels Ward, Coventry City Council
I am sending support to Vestas on behalf of the 6 Green party Stroud District councillors – the government found millions for the car industry and the banks; now it’s time for them to invest just a fraction of that in saving this factory, the 600 jobs, and our hopes of developing viable low-carbon energy. Huge thanks for this fight to all those participating.
– Cllr. Philip Booth, Stroud District councillor for the Randwick, Whiteshill and Ruscombe ward
I write in solidarity with the action you are taking to save the Vestas wind turbine factory. The climate crisis tells us that yours is an industry which has to form a big part of our future, and it makes no sense to be importing wind turbines into the UK. We should be expanding wind turbine manufacturing. Your example shows the sheer senselessness of our capitalist system.
– Leanne Wood AM, Member of the National Assembly for Wales and Plaid Cymru’s sustainability spokesperson
I wish to express my solidarity with your occupation and campaign to save Vestas. The disgusting attempts of Vestas to force you out through starvation, intimidation and injunctions demonstrate that you are having a significant impact.
Your struggle is an inspiration to me and to socialists and activists across the world. In Ireland, hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs in the last months as the burden for the economic crisis is heaped onto working people. It is largely the same the world over.
Your determined occupation provides a vital lesson for those faced with similar factory closures. By occupying you have prevented the factory being shut and have created the necessary conditions for a potential historic victory.
Similarly the call for the nationalisation of Vestas is crucial in my opinion. If the governments of the world can afford to bail out the banks, why can Vestas workers and others in similar situations not be bailed out?
Your struggle is a vital one for workers not only in Britain, but across Europe and indeed the world. A victory would be a massive inspiration and lesson to those who campaign against climate change and the millions who face redundancy.
Let me know of any way I can be of help.
– Joe Higgins MEP, Socialist Party in Ireland (sister party of the Socialist Party England and Wales)
I give my full support to the workers at Vestas in their struggle to keep their workplace open and the RMT trade union that is helping them. The management of Vestas have treated their staff appallingly. The UK’s only wind turbine plant must not be allowed to close. The Government must work with Vestas staff to come up with creative solutions to save their jobs. We desperately need to preserve these skills and all possible alternatives should be considered; including establishing a co-operative or mutual organisation that can start making wind turbines for the UK market.
– Nancy Platts, Labour parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavilion
Thanks very much for … raising a very important issue. I agree with you entirely.
– Paul Rowen, MP for Rochdale:
Climate Change remains one of the greatest threats facing us. We need to refocus to renewables and it is outrageous that Vestas jobs are under threat. I fully support the workers’ campaign to protect jobs and the continuing production of wind turbines at Vestas. The Government must take action to ensure continued production.
– Katy Clark MP
Dear Comrades: I send my full support to save your jobs and preserve the capacity you have to make Wind Turbines in Britain. Yours is a really important industrial facility with an strong environmental role.
In Unity – Tony Benn
The critical significance of the Vestas campaign is that it is a fight to save the jobs of workers who are at the forefront of our struggle to save the planet. It is sheer lunacy to allow this skilled workforce to be cast aside when they are so desperately needed in our drive for renewable energy sources. The Government must intervene to save these essential jobs.
– John McDonnell, MP
We should be seizing the opportunity to create a renewable energy revolution…The Government can make a genuine start along this road by pledging to keep the isle of Wight’s Vestas plant open for business.
– Dr Caroline Lucas, Green Party Leader and Euro-MP for the Isle of Wight and the South East.
Jean Lambert MEP said:
“If the Government stands idly by and fails to save the Vestas factory it will be abandoning its responsibilities on two counts: first, in the immediate term, allowing the loss of 600 jobs in a time of deep recession. Second, in the longer term, failing to commit to the green manufacturing and energy which are vital if we are to stand any chance of fighting the threat of climate change. This double dereliction of duties would prove that the Government’s green talk is nothing more than windy rhetoric. We can no longer afford empty promises.
“We must not forget that long before the economic crisis, we faced a global environmental crisis. Now, as we face both disasters, the Vestas factory is a real beacon of hope: a model for the way in which Britain’s manufacturing industry could be positively and sustainably rebuilt to provide proven, environmentally-sound energy sources for the future.
“I fully support the actions of the workers and urge people to lend their voices to this vital campaign to save these jobs, and save the planet too.”
Climate change is a desperate threat to humankind. The idea that the Government will stand aside and let Vestas close is madness. They seem committed to giving billions to bail out bankers, but nothing to save the jobs of working men and women or promote environmental projects and companies.
- Councillor Michael Lavalette , Preston City Council
Please accept my support, and allow me to express my outrage at the distressing and ridiculous situation you find yourself in. There is clearly no way that renewable energy production should be reduced, whatever the current economic environment. You will have my support whatever measures you chose to take to oppose redundancy and closure.
- Matt Sellwood, Green Party Parliamentary Candidate, Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Thank you for raising this protest: we will never halt climate change without wind power. We need dozens of wind turbine plants, not none.
All power to you.
– Sandra Billington, Membership Secretary, Glasgow Green Party branch.
A government which has put out £1100 billion in cash, credit, and guarantees for the banks is refusing to do the obvious and take over the Vestas factories so that production can continue under new management, accountable to the workers and concerned for the environment rather than maximum profits. The campaign in the labour movement for solidarity with the Vestas workers should be linked to a campaign to reshape the labour movement politically so that we can win a workers’ government.
– Jill Mountford, Workers’ Liberty prospective candidate for Camberwell and Peckham (Harriet Harman’s constituency) in the coming general election.
These Jobs matter, for the workers, but they matter more for the planet. We can halt climate change, but that will take masses of investment in wind and renewable energy. Time is short. A Government that won’t save this plant isn’t serious about our planet. Gordon Brown must act now.
– Jonathon Neale, International Secretary, Campaign Against Climate Change.
I cannot believe that the government can allow this to happen when there is an opportunity to save jobs and help save the planet.
– Steven Ludlam, Senior lecturer in Politics, University of Sheffield