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600 face sack at turbine plant

by Tom Walker
Issue No. 2159

The government says it plans to create a million “green jobs”. Meanwhile, in the real world, Britain’s only wind turbine factory is being closed down.

All 600 workers at the Vestas factory on the Isle of Wight are facing redundancy.

The factory is the largest employer on the island.

Mark, a Vestas worker, said, “I’ve been here seven years. Getting another job will mean moving my family off the island.”

Vestas blames the closure on a fall in demand caused by the recession – even though its profits increased by 70 percent last year to £50 million. It had pledged to upgrade the factory but then suddenly pulled out, even though the company had just raised another £700 million in a share issue.

Mark says, “People should join us and stand up for themselves and their jobs – and the environment, the planet. This is about the future for our kids.”

Save Vestas, Save the Planet
assemble 12 noon, Sat 11 July, St James Square, Newport, Isle of Wight
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Tue 7 Jul 2009, 18:50 BST
Issue No. 2159
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