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Don't let them starve Vestas occupiers out

Issue No. 2161

Police and Vestas management are trying to starve out the Vestas workers who are occupying their plant in Newport, on the Isle of Wight.

The workers occupied on Monday evening in protest at plans to close the plant and destroy 600 jobs and have spent two nights inside. But police are refusing to allow anyone else to enter the plant or to pass food in to the workers.

Ian, one of the occupying workers, told Socialist Worker, “This morning I woke up at around 5.15am and police were arresting someone who was trying to get food into us. But we’ve got enough to survive for a while.

“The amount of people supporting us outside shows that what we’re doing is right. We have to come out with something – whether it’s saving the plant or getting a decent pay off.

“Whatever happens we will be holding our heads high.”

This morning supporters went to leaflet workplaces and people in the town centre to build support for the occupation and to publicise a protest outside the plant at 5pm tonight.

The occupation is the latest militant action by workers in defence of their jobs and conditions. The workers urgently need support and solidarity from across the trade union movement.

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