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Workplace and TU campaigns / Vestas


RMT banner on Portsmouth Demo in support of the Vestas workers, photo Portsmouth Socialist Party

RMT banner on Portsmouth Demo in support of the Vestas workers, photo Portsmouth Socialist Party

30 September 2009

Vestas workers fight on

On 22 September, dozens of police from Southampton and Portsmouth descended on the protest camp outside the Vestas factory on the Isle of Wight (IOW). They removed tents, personal and political material and served 'exclusion notices' to several Vestas workers who were told to stay away from the Vestas factory for the next three months, writes Nick Chaffey.

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Vestas wind turbine plant workers occupy and demonstrate against closure, photo Senan

22 September 2009

Vestas workers determined to continue fight for jobs

Vestas wind turbine workers and their supporters rallied and took to the streets of Newport, Isle of Wight, on their day of action on 17 September. They were buoyed up by their visit, as members of the RMT union, to the TUC Congress. "We were given a standing ovation by the TUC during Ed Miliband's speech...

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15 September 2009

Vestas: the fight is far from over

Interview: At the Socialist Party's summer camp, Mark Smith and Mark Flowers, workers who had been in occupation at the St Cross Vestas wind turbine manufacturers on the Isle of Wight (IOW), spoke to The Socialist...

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15 September 2009

Coventry Socialist Party councillors show support for Vestas

Motion for full council meeting on Tuesday 15 September 2009: This motion forms part of the solidarity campaign. Socialist Party councillors and members fully support the Vestas workers' campaign, including stopping the blades leaving the factory. We intend to use...

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9 September 2009

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...

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9 September 2009

Comment: Vestas protest

A few weeks ago some of the 600 Vestas workers who were made redundant from their jobs manufacturing wind turbine blades, decided to take militant action and occupy the factory, writes Nadine Houghton, Battersea and Wandsworth trades council.

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Vestas wind turbine plant workers occupy and demonstrate against closure, photo Senan

Vestas wind turbine plant workers occupy and demonstrate against closure, photo Senan

26 August 2009

Vestas workers fight on

"WHAT DO we want? Nationalisation", "Vestas Out, Workers in!", were the chants of Vestas workers and their supporters as we took to the streets of Sandown, Isle of Wight, on 22 August getting great support from locals and holiday-makers.

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Vestas wind turbine plant workers occupy to protest against redundancies, photo RMT television

Vestas wind turbine plant workers occupy to protest against redundancies, photo RMT television

11 August 2009

Vestas - occupation ends but the fight continues

Editorial: The courageous workers' occupation at the Vestas wind turbine plant in Newport on the Isle of Wight has been followed and supported by many in the trade union movement over the last few weeks...

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Vestas wind turbine plant workers' occupation, photo Senan

Vestas wind turbine plant workers' occupation, photo Senan

7 August 2009

Vestas - The Fight Continues

No Victimisation! After eighteen days in occupation, the first stage of the campaign against job losses at Vestas Newport has come to a close but workers have made it clear that the fight goes on...

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4 August 2009

Vestas gains support from Ireland's Socialist MEP

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...

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4 August 2009

Support the Vestas workers - 4 August 2009

Click here for the latest Socialist Party Vestas leaflet (pdf)...

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Vestas wind turbine plant workers occuping to protest against redundancies demand nationalisation, photo RMT television

Vestas wind turbine plant workers occuping to protest against redundancies demand nationalisation, photo RMT television

4 August 2009

Save our Vestas! Nationalise now!

Socialist Party Bulletin Number Three: Well into the second week of the occupation, the Vestas workers are standing firm. The march through town last Saturday and daily protests at 6pm outside the factory gate show the wide support for the occupation. (4 August 2009)

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29 July 2009

Nationalise to save jobs and environment

Support Vestas workers: The 25 Vestas workers occupying the wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight have created an international furore over jobs and the future of the environment. They have huge support from their work colleagues, families and workers on the Isle of Wight and beyond...

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Vestas occupation, photo Marc Vallee

Vestas occupation, photo Marc Vallee

29 July 2009

Vestas - build mass action for victory

Editorial 29 July: As we go to press workers at Vestas Blades on the Isle of Wight, the only wind turbine plant in Britain, have been occupying the plant for over a week to try to prevent its closure. The twenty five workers inside the occupation have faced repeated threats of sacking, legal action, and removal of redundancy payments to try to force them to end the occupation.

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24 July 2009

Interview with Vestas worker

Ian Terry, one of the Vestas workers occupying their wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight, spoke to The Socialist on Friday, 24 July...

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22 July 2009

Rally to support the Vestas workers

@ Newport Vestas:

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21 July 2009

Vestas: Support the occupation

Faced with the closure of the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight, the workers have decided to occupy the factory immediately and step up the fight to save the factory and their jobs...

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21 July 2009

Vestas jobs fightback

The Vestas factory on the Isle of Wight, the only wind turbine factory in the UK, is closing, taking over 600 jobs with it - but the workers of Vestas are organising their fightback, writes Ben Norman.

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8 July 2009

Save jobs at Vestas wind turbine plant

Over 600 workers at the Vestas factory on the Isle of Wight are on the brink of losing their jobs after the company announced they intend to move production of wind turbine blades to America, writes Ben Norman, Portsmouth Socialist Party.

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