The Guardian report today that bailiffs are going in to remove the six workers staging the sit-in tomorrow, Friday. I wish I could join the Vesta workers tomorrow, but work commitments don't allow - however I know there looks set to be large numbers of supporters - if you can join them please do!!
As reported previously this company is closing the factory despite rising profits and has taken a threatening line towards workers protesting to save their jobs. In their response to me and others who wrote our government says the blades aren't the right specification for Europe. If that is the case surely we must not lose the local expertise that's been built on. Gordon Brown talks about green jobs, but where is the action? It seems to be more coal and more nukes - in contracts Green party policies would create a million new jobs in real green industries.
"Just when we need a huge expansion in renewable energy they are closing down the largest wind turbine factory in the UK. The government has spent billions bailing out the banks, and £2.3bn in loan guarantees to support the UK car industry. They can and should step in to save the infrastructure we are really going to need to prevent a climate catastrophe." Phil Thornhill, of the Campaign Against Climate ChangeThere have been demonstrations outside the DECC offices in London - MEP Jean Lambert and Darren Johnson were among Greens who spoke there. Also Green Party leader Caroline Lucas MEP, in whose constituency the factory is located, has also sent a message of support to workers and spoken out against the proposed closure. Caroline Lucas is also to submit an urgent proposal to the Leader of the Isle of Wight Council for support for a workers co-op at the Vestas wind turbine manufacturing plant to be established under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007 - see here and here.
“The blame rests firmly with the Government on this one. Archaic planning laws have stunted the growth of our wind industry - keeping projects stuck in planning hell for years on end. Mr Miliband has today reassured us all that these laws are changing ... but they are not, the changes he refers to are only for big projects – over 50MWs – and that’s not where the problem is. Mr Miliband must know this. This couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Government – just as they promise us a ‘green revolution’. It’s truly ridiculous to close this factory now - the thousands of windmills we need to install in Britain in the next few years should be built here. We need windmills and we need new green jobs - but we don;t seem able to even keep the green jobs we already have. That's the reality behind the policy rhetoric. My thoughts are with the workers at Vestas Isle of Wight factory. I hope they win through and hasten the day when we'll be able to install turbines in Britain that are made in Britain.” Dale Vince of Ecotricity