Production at the Vestas factory on the Isle of Wight is due to stop on 31st July. But active resistance has been growing, and now workers have occupied the factory.
Only last week they said they would create 400,000 green jobs. How can the process start with 600 of us losing our jobs?
Now I’m not sure about you but we think it’s about time that if the government can spend billions bailing out the banks – and even nationalise them – then surely they can do the same at Vestas.
The people of Vestas matter, and the people of the island matter, but equally importantly the people of this planet matter. We will not be brushed under the carpet by a government which is claiming to help us.
We have occupied our factory and call on the government to step in and nationalise it. We and many others believe it is essential that we continue to keep our factory open for our families and livelihoods, but also for the future of the planet.
If you can get to the Isle of Wight
They'll be happy to see you at the gates, and there are also several demonstrations planned on the island. The factory is off Dondor Lane, Monks Brook Newport, Isle Of Wight, PO30 5WZ (Google map)
Meeting: Wednesday 22nd July, 6.30-8.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Quay Street, Newport. Setting up a campaign for Vestas workers’ families and Isle of Wight residents to show their support for keeping jobs at Vestas. The families and communities campaign will be very important in keeping spirits up through this stressful time. For more details call 07775 763750.
Demonstration: St Thomas Square in Newport at 5:30pm on Friday 24th July
If you can get to London
There is a demonstration planned for tomorrow, Wednesday 22nd, called by Campaign Against Climate Change.
Wednesday 22nd July, 6.00 pm
Outside the Department of Energy and Climate Change, No 3 Whitehall Place, London
(off Whitehall, Charing Cross tube)
It's possible that more will follow next week (keep up to date on the Save Vestas site).
If you can't physically be at either place
You can still help pile on the pressure and save the factory. The Vestas workers call on us to
Bombard the energy minister Ed Miliband with phone calls and emails. Tell the government that this closure cannot go ahead!
Ed Miliband’s e-address is firstname.lastname@example.org
His phone number in his Doncaster constituency is 01302 875 462
and at Westminster, 020 7219 4778.
Flood him with calls for the Government to take over the Vestas factory and keep it producing, under new management.
Friends of the Earth have an easy auto-email thingy to petition Lord Mandelson
Messages of support can be sent to the workers at email@example.com
There have been so many chances for action against the causes of climate change, here's a chance to fight for a solution.
There are only days to go, and we can still win if we act fast. Do it right now.