The UK’s only factory making wind turbines is due to close at the end of this month, with the loss of 600 jobs. This makes a mockery of the Government’s rhetoric about becoming a ‘world leader in green jobs’. So the workers have taken matters into their own hands, and occupied the factory, owned by Vestas.
This is unprecedented for the Isle of Wight, which is not exactly known as a hotbed of workers’ radicalism nor of climate activism. The occupiers say: ‘The government has just announced a major expansion of renewable energy including wind power. We are calling on Vestas to keep the factories open, saving jobs and offering those who want to leave a better redundancy deal. We are calling on the government to intervene to save jobs at Vestas - through nationalisation if that is what it takes - to show that it is serious about saving the planet.’
They need our support. You can follow what’s happening, and make a donation on the Save Vestas website.