Workers have occupied the Vestas St Cross factory in Newport, Isle of Wight. Vestas is England’s only manufacturer of wind turbines, and made a profit of over £350 million last year.The decision to occupy has been taken due to the consistent failure of Vestas Blades and the government to face up to their responsibilities in the necessary challenge of fighting climate change and maintaining jobs.
Due to management attempting to intimidate the workers who have been
organising themselves in preparation for a fight, plans to move on the
factory were accelerated and a team of workers occupied the plant
at 7:45 on Monday evening as a result.
Now more than ever Vestas workers need our support. The island does
not have a history of workers taking control – this could be the first
of many victories where workers take control of their industries and
demand that the bosses and government put people before profit, the environment before opportunism. Send messages of support to:
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