Socialist Worker

Vestas occupation still going strong

by Tom Walker on the Isle of Wight
Issue No. 2161

On the morning of the fourth day, Thursday, the occupation to save jobs at the Vestas factory in the Isle of Wight remains solid.

Managers at Vestas have this morning taken in food to the occupying workers. This appears to a climbdown after protesters repeatedly attempted to get food into the occupation.

Management had responded to this by erecting a steel fence around the plant.

Sean, a Vestas worker, told Socialist Worker, “The managers realised they might be the ones getting arrested if they kept on not letting food in. It also says to me that this is going to carry on.”

In a statement, the occupying workers said, “Vestas had imposed a food ban. This didn’t stop our supporters calmly and peacefully getting food to us.

“Vestas are now allowing us food, but they will not allow us any outside food.

“We also have received a letter from management stating that we are now liable for termination of employment and no redundancy.'

The occupation continues

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