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Vestas workers: Stop the blades
Vestas workers are continuing their fight for nationalisation and jobs on the Isle of Wight (IOW), building for a national day of action on Thursday 17 September. The eleven sacked Vestas workers who occupied the Newport Vestas plant have still not been paid their redundancy money. The company are preparing to move wind turbine blades from the factory and the campaign is mobilising support to stop them being moved!
The campaign is appealing for support from the trade unions on the IOW to take part in the mass protest. Vestas workers have shown their solidarity with striking postal workers and bus workers on the island.
Make sure you take resolutions to your trade union meeting supporting the workers' demands for jobs and nationalisation.
Vestas workers Mark Smith and Mark Flowers visited and spoke at the recent Socialist Party summer camp. They outlined the campaign and the work they are doing to build support, which will include visiting the TUC as part of the RMT union delegation. Mark thanked the Socialist Party for its continuing support and gave support to the Youth Fight for Jobs march in November.
Wessex RMT are organising a protest at the Southampton Vestas factory and a rally as part of the national day of action. Support Vestas fight for jobs, 5pm, Vestas, Hazel Road, Woolston, rally 7pm at the Dockers Club, Brunswick Square, Southampton.
In The Socialist 9 September 2009:
War and occupation
Trades Union Congress
Socialist Party workplace news and analysis
Postal workers strike
Marxist analysis: history
International socialist news and analysis
Socialist Party review