RMT calls for show of strength to back Vestas workers
The RMT transport union has called for a show of strength from trade unionists and environmental campaigners in what will be a crucial week for the workers involved in the occupation to stop the closure of the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight.
On Wednesday morning (29 July), the hearing seeking to evict the protesters will be heard at Newport County Court and a protest will be mobilised outside the court house.
At 6pm on Wednesday there will be a further mass demonstration in support of the occupation outside the Vestas factory gates.
The company have set this Friday (31 July) as the deadline for closing the factory with the loss of 625 jobs.
Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, whose union represents a substantial number of the Vestas workforce, said today:
“I would urge all trade unionists and environmental campaigners to make every effort to step up the campaign for the Vestas workforce in what will be a crucial week for their campaign to stop the closure of the factory.”
“RMT will be continuing to apply pressure to Ed Miliband and the government to step in to prevent the axing of these 625 green jobs, a move which makes a mockery of the governments stated objectives on green employment and renewable energy.
“It’s scandalous that the company are threatening to physically drag the workers out of the factory this week and we need to send a message loud and clear that they have massive support for their actions both here in the UK and around the world. The Vestas workers are not criminals, the criminals are the companies who think they can axe jobs with no regard to the long term damage that they inflict on our communities.”
27 July 2009