Jonathan Neale of the Campaign Against Climate Change spoke to Socialist Worker about the importance of the fight at Vestas
‘The government has said that it will create hundreds of thousands of jobs—and fight climate change—by expanding renewable energy.
But it isn’t doing it. There are promises to make changes by 2020 and 2050. But the government isn’t spending money on jobs right now.
The government has spent our money propping up the financial system.
It has shown that money exists to intervene in the economy. Gordon Brown says that he wants to help workers who are losing their jobs and that he wants to stop climate change.
On the Isle of Wight there is a simple way that he could do both. New Labour could take over Vestas and run it as a nationalised company.
Instead it is sitting on its hands and it is workers who are fighting for green jobs.
The occupation at Vestas points to a solution to both the economic and enviornmental crises. Investment in green jobs would give useful work to billions of people the world over.
But we have a government that isn’t committed to the planet or people. Ordinary workers taking action to fight for these things is what will matter—just like those at Vestas have done.’